I struggle to circumscribe the elusive act of painting. It is like our personality, which accumulates the innate, the given, the stolen, the acquired, the schooled, the rejected, the shameful, the loved and the feared pieces of our lives. At times one or the other aspect predominates, but most often they play together like siblings. For me the act of seeing is the most intense experience; finding meaning and harmony in things that are often overlooked, or being blown away by the drama that unexpectedly unfolds in front of my eyes.
Over the years, I have painted and drawn in several media; oil, ink, acrylics, encaustic and watercolor. When recently, I have stumbled upon an environmentally sustainable and sound source of oil paints and mediums, I returned wholeheartedly to oil painting. It was a sweet turn around, which called for a celebration with new means. Bubble wrap, corrugated board, stencils, and found objects all found their way onto the canvas, through the contact printing process. Images and composition gradually accrued over layers put on or taken off. Even as the image is abstract in its form, it evokes an expression of personal events, emotional states and art historical references.
This body of work reflects my attempt to embrace the delicate perfume of watercolor. I accepted its demands by restraining the formal elements and subject. I allowed the medium to became my disciplinarian, so that I can partake of its abundant gifts. I believe that fluidity and luminescence of paint in itself, is a worthy goal of watercolor painting. Artist's role, above all, is to safeguard those qualities.