Collage has always been my best approach towards self-expression in my paintings, prints, and mixed media.
This piece does exemplify my haunting experience of a visit to Venice, Italy. Walking along the winding canals and viewing an eclectic mixture of architecture, preserved throughout a millennium, becomes my framework for layering color, line, textures, and shapes that enhances the abstraction process and serves to express my emotions while constructing an idea.
My familiarity with representational art, perspective, also informs the space of my collaged abstractions which are structured along an imaginary architecture. The various geometries and diverse shapes, inspired by the local scenery, are assimilated within the collage to suggest occupied spaces without being illustrative of any place or time. Overlapping shapes and scaffolding planes rebound within my fantasy picture plane and are held in place by color areas utilized to create a visual harmony. Depending on my mood at the time, I’ll use bright colors that pop out at the viewer or muted tones to subdue a color’s intensity.
Hopefully, my artwork speaks for itself but, at the very least, I hope my artistic statement sheds some light on the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of the creative activity which is channeled in each work.