Making a painting is solving a self-generated problem. I start out with a couple forms in mind, or a pattern, that morphs into another shape. From there, it’s kind of a puzzle to find out what the particular problem of the painting is. Once I’ve figured out what the problem is, then I can solve the problem and that’s the fun and the challenge.
I am trying to make shapes feel like objects even if they are not things you can name. They behave according to how light and shadow behaves in the world. There might be a kind of an interplay between the shapes that makes it feel physical. A little bit of spatial ambiguity is something I’m interested in in the painting; this simple relationship of is this thing on top of that thing, or this thing is framing that or how it can be on top in one place and in the back somewhere else. I try to achieve these spatial goals through thinking about how the objects behave according to light and shadow, and I like how a little mark can become a dimensional edge instead of a flatness, which then changes the way the thing behind it is behaving.