Thanks to everyone who came out for our Water & Light reception last week, and especially to Audra for visiting all the way from the West Coast!
View the exhibition in Chevy Chase through May 7, 2022 and browse the works online in our exhibition lookbook.
The play of light on water—from ocean waves and meandering streams to rushing waterfalls—has always inspired me. The shimmering, movable surfaces reflect the outer world in an abstracted state which I represent in a new, painterly way: one that often provokes an emotional response. Such recomposed surfaces can also give us a glimpse of our inner states—creating a dynamic space between reflection and projection.
My process starts by applying multiple layers of paint that resonate with my own experiences in nature—such as the turquoise blues and greens of a tropical lagoon interspersed with golden hues. Then I cover various surface areas with a veil of white paint and “find” the composition through a rigorous sanding process. This gives the piece a sculptural depth that is still ethereal and atmospheric.
This process also involves a level of trust that I will discover what resonates below the surface—like hunting for gems in a vast sea. Ultimately, it is the contrast between negative space and rhythmic lines that give the work a certain vibration or presence.
Take a look at some scenes from the reception and the setup for the exhibition. It truly takes a village!