My current work is about exploring the physical world through abstract means by using simple visual notations that reflect the history of time and space. My paintings contain complex fields created through the incessant repetition of simple lines in many colors. The multiple layers of marks interact to create a variety of visual experiences. These paintings are created primarily with a tool designed for pin-striping automobiles, which I use to apply precise lines on subtly-textured canvas. The lines of different colors work in conjunction with each other to create a visual color that is a hybrid of its components. Essentially, the colors coalesce in the viewer’s eyes, an experience known as the optical mixing of colors. I have used this technique primarily to create abstract landscapes, seascapes, and starscapes. The millions of tiny marks I make create a feeling that is similar to observing the physical world. A real landscape, seascape, or starscape is by no means still. It is actually moving constantly—i.e., waving grass, flowing water, shimmering stars. The marks on these paintings also visibly fluctuate, creating a sense of constant movement and change.

 

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