Jesus said that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. I believe this and extend it to all communication, including visual art. The random techniques of Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism express directly the joie de vivre abundant within me by the Holy Spirit.
However, in recent pieces imagery is reduced to panels of texture, bridging into a gritty form of Minimalism. Whether chunky or slick, the materials are being emphasized and are more expressive in spite of the paintings increasingly stoic forms.
I edit heavily. I pile on paint and thickly textural elements like leaves, grasses or bark. The latest works feature hay from my dairy barn studio and cat tails gathered from marshes in upstate New York. I use local elements as a way of assimilating my environment and regional culture.
After embedding these elements into the paint I scrape off what I can. Of what remains, I isolate the lines and shapes that are the essence of the chaotic underpainting. The experience and process of this discovery motivates my creative urge. I look for surprise in materials, process and imagery, as surprise is the beginning of delight!