"Several years ago, in a meeting, bored, I started tearing up loose tape and making people out of it. This was fun and painless and it wasn't drawing so I did not have to worry whether I was being judged or not. It was its own mark, I was just arranging it. Tape is another medium for covering a separation, for attaching separations, for all purpose fixing, and acts like a band aid for healing. Some of my very first paintings were inspired with tape, taping over painted images. In the same way joint compound works for me today is where the tape began.
I bought a stack of color aid sheets, inspired from a drawing of a Belgian fashion designer, a simple black line drawing of a girl in a scarf with little detail almost a silhouette on a solid color rectangle. The color of the paper is not arbitrary it has orchestrated the colors that lay upon it. These freestyle drawings have little commitment and could be considered studies. Again the tape is its own line and color. It is a bit clumsy as it finds its way around. This clumsiness is its animation. They are able to show a greater range of movement and they are not plastic. They reference the collages I have been collecting in a book which was arrangements of things I liked to look at from fashion, interior design, and culture magazines.
I like the way nature feels - grass, stones, leaves, wood, bark, branches, air and dirt - somehow dirt in the country isn't dirty. These elements each have their own weight, texture and color. Most importantly I am symbolizing ideas about roots which read in several ways; turn the painting over and the roots are trees in an orange sky. These marks also act like wrinkles, varicose veins, claws, sewage plans, family trees, sentence diagramming, geography, maps, time lines, and infinite regression.
Color is essential, its location and placement define most of our visual reality, defines boundaries and contains form in every way. I find colors and color combinations to collect. These come from various sources and add to my inventory of things. I don't necessarily try to match these colors but will use the object, paint, or thing as color. Sometimes I don't use a color I love just to save it or just to look at.
By the time I had seen the work of Keith Haring he was dead. The appeal of his work is its life and vitality. Seeing this work was like having CPR and I was so relieved to discover that the whole world was not the tombstone I assumed it to be. I am thankful. In this way I feel he has influenced my use of line.
This line I consider to be gracefully crude. For a while I was very concerned about this crudeness, as I felt that it must mean that I am making juvenile presentations. With time I have come to accept this crudeness as part of my language and have moved on with growing concern of making sure the viewer doesn't think they see a smiley face. As far as the viewer goes, I'd like to communicate with whoever wants to look at the work."