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Deliberate Gestures

These paintings are based on a structure of repetitive and deliberate gesture that is intuitive but carefully considered.  I brush, wipe, rub, and scrape, incorporating the color, texture and pattern of the wood supports, concealing and revealing underlying layers in various states of transparency and solidity. I work with and against whatever happens as I work, painting from edge to edge or exposing areas of the surface to create shape. The rhythm and variety of the bands of paint create movement, broken symmetry and light. In my most recent work I continue to explore these themes in a return to color, a break in linearity with a series of irregular marks, and interruption of the rectangle as the image forms new relationships to the edge.


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