Waves of Sleep
Dimensions: 16" x 20"
Medium: acrylic on board
Edition Size: Original
Availability: Only available at Peabody Gallery
When I first developed this style of work, it was almost an out-of-body experience and it lasted over a period of six months until the method was ingrained and reproducible. While my new technique was assembling into my consciousness, I didn't stop to analyze or question what was happening; I just gave myself over to my muse and followed my intuition. If a technical problem showed up, the answer always appeared by the next morning. It was serene time, even though it was exciting and I was working around the clock for months to create this new series. Using this style of work, a totally intuitive trance of creation, I just got into the river and let go of any preconceived ideas.
This series has a nice, smooth surface reflecting where I had gotten to in life and health, unlike my previous series, Ethereal that showed mars, scapes, and cuts. You can lightly touch these painting and feel the smooth glass-like surface. I painted some pieces with a satin finish, or a super glossy reflective finish, or intermixed them.
The thing about being a painter is you are never quite sure why you are painting something until it is long finished and you can step away and look back at what you did and it may still not offer up answers until you write about it. I've come to understand when you are an artist, your story is best told in the studio, through your art, like you've always done.