Afro-Syrian Rift – Israel

Afro-Syrian Rift – Israel

Inspirations drawn from the natural world, specifically the geologic rift area rock formations of the Afro-Syrian Rift in Israel.

My initial impressions (line, form, color, tonality, mood) are reduced into formal, generally representational sketches and studies – charcoal, pencil, watercolor – that serve as the foundation for a painting or series. Within this foundation, I find one or more points of focus. Abstracted images emerge through a careful investigation of smaller, defined areas, tonalities, mood; through an exploration of light, shape or form. Over time, the abstraction assumes a greater importance in relation to the representational form itself, while still respecting and reflecting both that form and the initial source of inspiration.

Technically, the paintings are created by staining unprimed raw canvas with layers of acrylic paint applied in extremely liquid form. Paintings created this fashion are slowly built up over weeks layer upon layer. The unpredictability of liquid acrylics, when harnessed, results in the naturally fluid state of the colors. The result is richly colored, layered – and subtly textured – surface. The paintings hint of the initial watercolor studies, but gain a depth and intensity from the fluid and heavy body applied acrylics.

Throughout this process, my intent is to create an impression of nature reflected through emotion. The abstracted images take their direction and shape from nature and retain their most vital characteristics in an essential way, reflecting through the process the unpredictable quality of nature itself.