Chaos to Order
The visual transformation from chaos to order is the best way to explain my most commonly used approach to painting. Working spontaneously, intuitively and without exceptions, I combine color and gestural mark making to begin the layering process of my paintings.
I remind my students, “this is the stage in a painting to best capture the creative energy of the initial inspiration. This is the beginning Chaos where I let the spirit of the fluid watercolor have a say. The paint flows, the colors mix and the sedimentary and staining pigments interact in magical ways that I could never create with my own hand.” Order is brought to the lively, colorful and chaotic first layer by working back into the painting in several layers. Interlacing a planned compositional understructure and building visual depth with each layer. I gradually introduce my imagery until the painting (whether representational or not) is complete. The composition dramatic and the message subtle.