The paintings reflect a fascination with perception specifically with the phenomena of how we perceive color. In Beau Lotto’s words, “Perception underpins everything that we feel, think and believe. It is the source of all artistic expression and scientific exploration. What we perceive IS who we are. To understand perception is to understand what it is to be human.” We all perceive color a bit differently, but color remains one of the most powerful visual elements that has profound physical and psychological effects on the viewer through pure visual sensation. Color can be deceptive, because of its relativity. In these paintings color can morph, blend, vibrate and dissolve. I strive for optical vibrancy and complex transparencies. The paintings generate subtle shifts of color and space, and they require time for active viewing so that the eye can experience intended color interactions. Color relationships create space beyond the picture plane in the liminal spaces of Hans Hofmann’s “push-pull.” There are ample references in this work to color theorists Albers and Chevreul, with a nod to Bridget Riley too. Through these manipulations, I strive for a physical, palpable experience for the viewer that embraces a tactile awareness of the world around us.
The Video Composite Series is an investigation of layered spaces and color shifts. The images evolved from earlier watercolor paintings that combined military camouflage patterns with sacred geometry. Still frames are captured at different points within the video transitions and become a point of departure this series. These compositions are translated back into paint by hand with matte acrylics. The resulting compositions are a cross-pollination of digitally manipulated and hand-made images.