In my recent body of work, I continue the exploration of balance and dependent opposition. Utilizing a mixture of realism and minimalist abstraction, I create a narrative between pictorial reality, artistic process and formal composition. The result is a dialogue that can be seen as playful in its practice yet earnest in execution.
In the paintings, I depict found, as well as made, objects that are at once still life, autobiographical record and instigators of compositional tension and examination. Paint swatch cards are rendered using trompe l'oeil, as is the painted tape holding the cards in place. Other 'incidental markings' such as more paint swatches, finger prints, and daubs of paint are placed in a gridded field comprised of hard edge linework and opaque quadrants of color. The seemingly casual, pin-board placement of objects are in reality carefully considered and strategically placed. These items are indicators of my creative process and formal elements informing the contrasts between realism and abstraction.