"What we need more of is slow art: art that holds time as a vase holds water: art that grows out of modes of perception and making whose skill and doggedness make you think and feel; art that isn’t merely sensational, that doesn’t get its message across in ten seconds, that isn’t falsely iconic, that hooks onto something deep-running in our natures. In a word, art that is the very opposite of mass media.”  Robert Hughes, to Royal Academy, June 2004

 
   
  
   
  
    
  
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    Terrain Nocturne  2017, mineral and shell pigments, sumi, oil pencil, 23k gold on Kumohada paper on panel  24” x 30”

Terrain Nocturne

2017, mineral and shell pigments, sumi, oil pencil, 23k gold on Kumohada paper on panel

24” x 30”

 

My paintings evolve over long periods of time. Making paint is a time-consuming yet rewarding process. The procurement of matter always holds some backstory that enriches my experience as a maker. There is much preparation involved, which can be likened to a potter kneading the clay. I hope that somewhere in the work skillful acts of labor are conveyed.

My interest in mingling surfaces, or disparate terrains, in a single work has forced me to experiment with a variety of materials and substances to communicate, beyond typical  conventions. Although my training in Nihonga, tradtional Japanese mineral pigment painting, is embedded in all that I make, my paintings are highly personal and best labeled-if one must- as rooted, American abstraction. 

   
  
   
  
    
  
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     Mingled Terrain   2017, mineral, plant, shell pigments, sumi, copper, oil pencil, cinnabar paste, graphite, NY Times collage on canvas  65” x 70” 

Mingled Terrain

2017, mineral, plant, shell pigments, sumi, copper, oil pencil, cinnabar paste, graphite, NY Times collage on canvas

65” x 70” 

   
  
   
  
    
  
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     Charting Terrain   2017, mineral, plant, shell pigments, sumi, graphite on linen  58” x 37” 

Charting Terrain

2017, mineral, plant, shell pigments, sumi, graphite on linen

58” x 37” 

   
  
   
  
    
  
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     Terrain Hope   2017, mineral pigments, sumi, canvas, threads, stitching  41” x 63”

Terrain Hope

2017, mineral pigments, sumi, canvas, threads, stitching

41” x 63”