Some artists have periods of seeming stylistic regression, as well as the more expected progression. For example, generally artists begin their artistic work with representational subject matter. Many later then gradually transform their work into something more abstract. For most who make this transition, it is permanent. For others it is a stage in their work, and it is abandoned and they again work with representational subject matter. For many who make this type of change, it represents for them constants as well as changes.
One of the constants of my work is that I find it is always in some way related to my early interest in landscape painting. But to most people my work appears always to be abstract, without nature basis The most obvious change in it is that it is sometimes lyrical, flowing, and layered. At other times it is composed primarily of geometric forms- hard-edged, static, and imagined before it is created.
I find my work consistently a planned statement that sometimes changes during its making. A change I did not expect happens and I choose to ‘follow the flow’. This happens in both the poured works and in the geometric, hard-edged works. The major constant I am aware of is its landscape references- an interest in space and how it can appear deep in primarily abstract work, and the necessity to use light dark contrasts to create deep space.
Control is an issue in both approaches. Surprisingly, the poured paintings are much harder to control.