the Gestural Figure
Whether or not we are conscious of activity with intent, the human body reveals us. The gestural, active figure mirrors the passions, successes, and failures of our experiences. My painting approach to bodily movement is with responsive contour and gesture brush strokes.
Contemplating the resulting paintings often leads me to develop points of interest with heavier contour, more value range, color, and pattern. Diaphanous figures washed in color appear and disappear. Wet shafts of color stream across bodies while form dissolves into the grids, numbers, and patterns that give visibility to surrounding spaces.
On the other hand, I may choose to retain the simplicity of the short study as a statement in itself. Sensitive trails of brushwork may carry a message, the story of a person, the needs of daily existence, or any moment of life transition without elaboration.