LIGHT, COLOR, SURFACE

 

This series is quiet and meditative. It is process work that begins with the construction of a wooden support, covered in linen then primed and sanded with as many as eight layers of gesso. Pigments are selected and ground into paint. The ritual of applying thin layers of color then begins. Each applied layer is burnished into the previous one. With each application I pull my brush beyond the edges of the support creating an extension of the paint. While each layer is extremely smooth, my edges remain unfinished revealing each color that was used in the layering. This aspect allows the viewer to deconstruct the work and actually be part of my process. The burnishing creates a transparency allowing each layer of color to radiate through to the next. The final result is a smooth and luminous surface that emits a glow from within and reflects the ambient light to create subtle color shifts.