I am interested in the vivacity of inanimate objects and have found that cities illustrate this idea most effectively because their liveliness can be found in not just their inhabitants, but in the compositional form of the city itself. The combination of buildings, corners, streetlamps, billboards and window shapes make every city unique.
I have been influenced by Fairfield Porter and Richard Diebenkorn, as well as Wassily Kandinsky’s early work, and the cityscapes of Egon Schiele. I wish to replicate the looseness of these artists while emphasizing the specificity of individual shapes. I do not want my stylistic choices to feel forced, so I use large brushes which force me to react to each mark. My paintings become a series of responses rather than a carefully planned image. By giving up a measure of control these paintings seem to grow of their own volition.
These cityscapes are animated by eliminating rigid boundaries like right angles and straight lines. I do not make sketches before starting a painting, preferring to work directly on the canvas, so that proportions become skewed and buildings are squished. My paintings depict the city as a living thing that is described using an organic and disorderly language.