|The foundation of my work is laid out in line 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 abstraction and figuration is essential in my art. My current work often reverts to a monochromatic palette, employing a calligraphic line to maintain the spiritual sensibility of my subject.
My artwork inspired by the horse has taken me in two directions – the Tang and the Abstract series. 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.