Color has the ability to show depth, depict light and even capture a specific feeling that cannot always be put into words. Through an extremely ordered process of applying and removing tape, my work is primarily focused on these few principles with the expectation of perfection. With an intense passion towards hard-edge abstraction and painters such as Peter Halley, Joseph Albers and Victor Vasarely, my work has evolved into the limited color fields that they are.
The process in which I construct my oil paintings are almost more important than their final outcome. Over the years, I have experimented with various techniques to produce the straightest line, but after taking into account the timely process and human error, I turned to tape. Throughout my work, I have come solely to use 1/8 inch fine line tape that is both distinctly apparent in my paintings, but considerably the most efficient way of working.
No two painting are alike from the moment each starts. A sketch is drawn in preparation, but once working on the various surfaces, the tape is used to connect the dots from one plane to the next. In removing human error, I have also removed my own hand from the artwork because nowhere can you see the presence of how each line was contrived. As much preplanning that takes place in the decision of a limited color palette to the depths I hope to covey, each is constructed similar to a formula comparable to the work of Barnett Newman.
Similar to printmaking, the tape conceals the outcome of the painting until it is delicately removed. Line by line, the painting is revealed and the colors begin to create this structural space that both pulls and pushes you away. The outcome can be either devastating or exactly as planned, which is the true fascination behind the process.
For all the time that is spent executing, I consider each move that is made to be paramount to the work. The harder the line, the more compelling the overall painting is once completed. Though I tend to gravitate more towards my own work in progress as opposed to finished on the walls, the reactions from others are what I aspire towards.