My current work started after thinking about Arthur Dove. --Really, a feeling for it--work about shape, sound and color.
I always wanted to be an abstract expressionist, but could never find a way to keep up that pace. So I've searched for artists who use paint to slow the process down--Ryder, Dubuffet,Arnulf Rainer, Terry Winters. Like them, I use paint to slow down the picture-- a process random and deliberate--to find strange ways for exploring nature.
My paintings begin with drawings or another artist I can steal from--the kernel of an idea, a starting point to grow the painting from. It might start from a line or a circle, some patch of color. Moving from there in a direction, sometimes right, sometimes a detour--a back and forth, add and subtract--just keep painting. Taking out what seems fluffy or decorative. Hopefully at the end, a painting has appeared out of what's left.
Simple, slow, a working thing. Not an easy way out. Not a version of something already made before. Abstract or sometimes figurative--an external study of a feeling inside or an idea that exists in the object itself.