East Meets West

Ideas for my paintings come to me when I dream. When I wake up, I draw my ideas in a sketchbook, noticing the tension I feel between the material world and the dream world, between life and death, darkness and brightness. My art begins here, with this dream notebook, as I search for opposing subjects and unifying objects. Later, I pull together different combinations of these initial sketches to compose a painting.

Originally, my art was representational with variations on the written form. In recent years, I have moved away from complex, structural detail toward line and form, away from the concrete and toward the abstract. It is the decoding characters, ambiguously interweaving brush stroke and field, which compels me. As I work, I blend and unify Eastern and Western influences and techniques. Chinese ink painting and history are combined with Western abstraction and collage. My compositions use abstracted written forms that are Western in appearance, but created with the brushes, papers, textures, and brush strokes traditional to the Far East.

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