ABOUT THE WORK
Using an innovative combination of acrylics, watercolors, and collage, I paint on hand textured surfaces of wood or paper. I apply the mediums in layers, requiring dozens to achieve the depth of field and color that is characteristic of my work.
In my collage based work, I use found images and my own digital photographs. I’m drawn to what’s been abandoned, to what is most often overlooked, or cropped out later at home computers: ordinary buildings, traffic signs, tree limbs, bits of ceiling and floor, a pile of books in the corner. I arrange like and disparate elements in a way that make idiosyncratic sense, creating new landscapes from bits of others. Paint subdues some elements and intesifies others, much like the process of forgetting, remembering, editing the past.
Inspiration for my contemplative abstracts comes from nature: cells, seeds, spores and landscapes. Traveling in the spaces between transparent and opaque elements. the forms in my paintings are often floating and moving as if in air or water.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, I moved to the Dominican Republic and then the United States as a child. In my travels, I have been deeply influenced by the varied rhythms of speech and movement and frequently changing visual cues, from intense tropical greens, to the cool silvery grays of the coasts, to the earth tones of the Southwest. I’ve developed the habit of synthesis, absorbing images from all sources and arranging them in new and different ways.
I studied painting in New York City and San Francisco, and in 1992 I began exhibiting my work, gaining national exposure by 1993. Currently, I am represented by galleries and art consultants throughout the country.