Certain experiences early in life burdened me with a permanent sense of temporality and haste, a source of discomfort but also of increased sensitivity to the comforts of light and vitality. This basic state of being, the undercurrent that is always present under everyday emotions, is what I try to express.
I paint on the iPad, switching between programs for raster and vector painting. Vector painting is a very deliberate process, more resembling paper cutting than painting. Forms are bold, colors are monochrome, or mixed into very regular gradients. To step back in childhood and focus entirely on form and color is wonderful, but vector is a difficult medium to express emotion. I need the messy multicolor of raster and the imperfections of my hand holding a real virtual brush. Raster has a natural softness to it, there is room for surprises and accidents, and the process is spontaneous. Its more like singing. When finished, I enlarge the raster layer of the work by hand to the size I want the print to be, to ensure a good resolution. The vector layer, of course, is by its nature of the highest resolution at any size. Once I have reached a good print with faithful colors, I delete the original file. After all, they are paintings expressing my inner life. To sell identical copies would disturb me more than not selling at all. It goes against what I think art is about.
I received a Lorenzo prize in digital art at ...
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