Non-representational

I think it is important to make a distinction between abstract art and non-representational art. It is impossible to explain what constitutes my art if these terms are not understood.

Abstract art is still linked to the reality around us, viewed by the artist, but reduced to the basic elements (shapes, sizes, color) of that observation. As if the basic elements were distilled.

Non-representational art does not reflect the external world we can see, touch, hear, feel, but tries to visualize the inner-personal world of the artist. It tries to translate the tensions, feelings, intuitions and thoughts inside the artist. It is a different real world, one that is the internal world of the artist. As such, it uses also shapes, sizes, colors but they do not represent anything of the external, tactile world.

Artist Statement

A dichotomy of forces defines my work. Emotional struggle and physical tension are represented visually.

The different layers of form and texture in each piece are like the themes in a symphony: waves of tension build up and then resolve in a peaceful balance.

Conflict is reflected in the combination of materials and processes I choose: pastels, charcoal, photography, ink, drawing, silkscreen, etching. External, foreign, and chance elements also make a purposeful contribution. I refuse to follow all of the steps of a process, provoking tension between medium and technique.

A firm creation results which projects harmony — a victory of soft subtlety over conflict.

Studies

  • OTIS College: Los Angeles (Silkscreen)
  • Gemini Gel: Course work with Xavier Fumat, personal printer to Richard Serra (Etching)
  • Riverside Art Museum: Course work with Ron Pokrasso (Monoprints)