Painting Without Brushes
After a lifetime spent drawing and painting objective, representational work, I felt compelled to try something different. My new goal: render my internal vision as abstract expressionism. It took several years to recognize that brushes produced a barrier to the creative spontaneity I sought. After an extended period of experimentation, I arrived at a technique of pouring thinned oil paint onto horizontal canvases. By moving and manipulating the canvases, I began to achieve intriguing and satisfying results. To amplify these effects, I textured my canvases with spattered modeling paste before applying the paint.
I only use four pigments: cadmium red medium, cadmium yellow light, phthalo blue, and titanium white. By diluting these colors with varying combinations of linseed oil and different thinners, I expand the pigment to the point of breakdown. I have no formula, so each batch of paint is different. This provides much of the spontaneity and excitement. I do not premix color combinations, but often pour multiple pigments on the canvas at a time to create new shades. As gravity pulls the thinned hues across the textured canvas it creates eddies and currents. Colors pool in depressions while resisting raised ridges. In some paintings the flow suggests recognizable images. In most the resulting renderings are completely abstract.
Because of the extended time it takes to dry the canvases between each layer, these paintings can take many months to produce. During this process, many of these experiments fail, which leads to re-priming the canvas for a fresh start. Most of my finished canvases have more than fifty layers of paint. Due to this meticulous process, each of these paintings is unique and cannot be copied or reproduced by traditional methods.
To see the results, please click on any of the galleries below.