|The foundation of my work is laid out in lines and marks. I often begin a painting by attaching charcoal and brushes to lengths of reed to enhance the gestural qualities of a piece. I then move closer, working in an additive and subtractive process, manipulating the surface until I’ve captured the essence of the form. The relationship between the abstract and the figurative is an essential element of my art. My work often reverts to a monochromatic palette, employing a calligraphic line to maintain the spiritual sensibility of my subject.
My thematic use of the horse has created two bodies of work. I began with the Tang series, which visually explores the significance and symbolism of the horse as depicted by artisans during China’s Tang Dynasty. This formal approach to the subject led to my Abstract series, which strives to capture on paper and canvas the qualities of motion and time, and the elusive nature of our existence.