In this phase of my life I have chosen to work primarily on paper; painting and drawing. Sometimes, I work in a traditional watercolor method; I wet and reclaim the paper, create the underpainting, and then carefully I add the finish to the work.
At other times, I work on dry paper for more control.
I have been seriously working with grids since the early nineties. When I lived in Houston I created grids made up of only squares. I thought of the grid as a metaphor for the urban experience. My studio was downtown, the sounds that came into my studio were sounds of trucks, buses and cars; the sounds from the freeway. The work was based on the observation of the 'light' in the city, reflected off of man-made materials.
Upon moving to Taos, New Mexico, it was the addition of the random diagonal line, which creates compositions of squares, triangles, and some unexpected shapes. It is the diagonal line which allows me to think of the landscape of New Mexico; rivers, mountains, and sky. It is not that I expect the viewer to see what I see, but it is to explain where my inspiration comes from.
The new series I am working on is called Poems of the Desert. It is a series based on ideas about the desert--as an actual place, or a metaphor for a stage in the creative process. These visual poems are collected abstract shapes, and color impressions from the desert. It is here I invite the viewer to join me in the endless dream, for I have found anything is possible in the desert.