Like a scene from Breaking Bad, my process is ugly, toxic, flameable & requires a hazmat, full-face respirator & gloves. Pigments & mica powders are mixed into resin & poured onto custom wood panels. Without the use of brushes, extreme heat is applied using a 1200 degree heatgun & blowtorch to create unique chemical reactions & color combinations.
I would liken the process to a musical composition where everything moves together in unforced harmony without pause. Without time to stop & retune my strings during the process due to time constraints of the resin curing process, I'm forced to improvise & continue playing even when out of tune. My work manifests a visual representation of both the harmony & discord in life. Combining control & serendipity while maintaining a free-flowing abstract nature, each painting is lyrical & representational of the symbolic power of expressive color. Each painting is a lesson in surrender where I must trust in the natural order of things & accept what the painting becomes since the resin continues to move as it cures overnight.
Born & raised in Ft. Worth, Texas I was trained in oil painting which was my medium of choice for 20 years before I began experimenting with resin. The spirit of my resin work was inspired by the courage of wounded veterans. As an active volunteer at the VA providing art therapy/painting workshops to veterans suffering with PTSD, I have witnessed the vulnerability required during the creative process. As a teacher I needed to be able to let go during my own creative process before I could ask a group of wounded veterans to do so themselves. I began working with resin due to its fluidity and volatile nature.