One of the allures of painting is the way believable space and form materialize out of nothingness on a flat, blank surface. Thoughts are also revealed through the process and battles are fought. This series was started around the time of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Pouring dark inky liquid onto white paper, I could not help but envision the oil that was seeping into the Gulf and the violent storms that began worsening. The series continues to evolve along with the developing narrative of our mistreatment of our environment. Each painting begins with a desire to preserve an amount of white paper, as it is easy to allow the ink to cover the entire page even if it is for no other reason than to watch it flow. From there rock formations, seeping liquids, and cloud formations assert themselves until a partially navigable scene emerges. The struggle between positive and negative continues, as does the conflict between real and imagined space and between peacefulness and tumult.
Flare Up (2017) 3o” x 2o” | Ink on Arches paper | $1,100