I’m a painter who primarily works in acrylics but also experiments in multi-media, collage and chalk paints on a variety of surfaces. My visual inspiration is sourced from the interior design and home decorating industries, specifically traditional floral wallpaper and textile patterns from the UK/Europe. Color is also another important aspect of my work, primarily drawing from pre-mixed palette swatches from hardware stores.
I’m interested in blurring the boundaries between the contemporary and decorative art worlds. Not only does my visual inspiration borrow directly from interior decoration but I also experiment with simple do-it-yourself (DIY) techniques, that are typically prevalent within the home decorating market, and re-contextualize them within a modern painting framework.
In the past I have also been a graphic designer. I feel that my design aesthetic is what drives my attraction to patterns, which are inherently more structured and organized than my painting process. The artist in me wants to deconstruct these patterns, break them apart and use pieces of patterns almost like an effect rather then retaining their integrity. This has been what has driven my work in graduate school where I experimented with painting on found patterned tablecloths instead of blank canvases.
In my current work, this co-relation has been more subtle then my graduate work, experimenting with pre-designed rubber rollers that are made to paint your own wallpaper. I use the rollers in place of a paint brush. The effect is imperfect, accidental and messy.
For color, I borrow pre-made colors from the home painting industry. About half of my color palette are pre-mixed colors from swatches in local hardware stores. Lately I have been experimenting with chalk paint, a unique decorative paint sourced from the UK. I am attracted to the British aesthetic which excels in beautiful, muted and pastel colors that are harder to find in the US and are harder for me to mix myself. I also like this palette because all of the colors intentionally are created to be in interiors, specifically homes and to last a long time.
My process tends to be fast and undetermined. I usually work on several pieces at once, experimenting with similar ideas and solutions within each series. I feel that abstract paintings are a cumulation of decisions made in that moment, a visual record. It tracks what you are thinking and captures that moment like a camera might a photograph. However, my process is very much akin to a musician who improvises, in a jazz context for example. I have ideas or an idea in mind but never plan the final outcome. Just like a musician might play within a certain key and beat, I will start with color. The painting process in the moment and when finished, it is gone and I move on. It is a daily practice, just like a musician. The only difference is that my mistakes and decisions as a painter are visually recorded as a process, not necessarily concerned with the final outcome.