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Working primarily in mixed-media collage and assemblage, the artist often combines original film, digital and Polaroid transfer photography, Xerox and other copy processes, letterpress, serigraphy and other print processes, acrylic and other pigments, gold and silver leaf. His works include found objects, often move into “low relief” and two-sided hanging pieces, and sometimes incorporate the molded clear plastic packaging common as waste in our environment.
Photographic, mixed-media series and poems explore themes related to the changing seasons (both in nature and in our lives). Images reflect his contemplative spirituality, faith and non-faith, the flux of ideas and world events, human condition, injustice and the suffering of various ethnic groups; the “lint” of everyday life. Works are also built around experiences, images and impressions gleaned during foreign travels and community development and justice projects in the Middle East, West Africa and Haiti.
My imagery emphasizes the idea that the impermanence of all phenomena underlies the search for the meaning of life. Therefore, I follow memories and thoughts as Traces that ultimately will bring me to find Evidences of how my life developed and what type of evolution I experienced. In other terms, my work is a tool that I use to get to know myself better and especially to discover what kind of mission I have in this life and fully develop my own potential.
I am drawn to working in ceramic clay because of its inherently ambiguous nature. It is extremely flexible at the start and dangerously brittle just before firing. Coming from the earth, it has a solid reality, but when worked, it can become intensely spiritual. The clay is ready to assume many shapes, textures, and meanings.
As a linguist, I am fascinated by language: How difficult it is to express thoughts and events through words, and how easily those words slip from context and acquire ritual meaning far beyond their syllables. Many of my works spring from this passion, evoking lost worlds, hidden meanings, and the eternal truths of ritual.
I also delight in manipulating form and texture, often alluding to other materials by evocation more than imitation. My goal is to present work which encourages viewers to explore their own thoughts and emotions through contemplation.
For me, art is the process of uncovering the layers of knowledge, feeling, and myth in the artist and in the spectator.
Colleen uses watercolors in a very different way—her paints are infused with opaque white watercolor, which, when dry, produce a hard, almost chalk-like appearance. Some paintings have as many as 20 layers of paint, each one still affecting the paint below and being changed slightly by the layer over it. The resulting glow in the finished painting is one that is unusual and renders beautiful, colorful scenes, abstracts and figures.
"My art has been exhibited from Italy to Canada and much of the United States and has been published in two books, one featuring my glass work and another featuring figurative studies and portrait sketches. Although I work in a variety of mediums and subject matter, my sculptures frequently employ the use of semiotics - the inclusion of symbols and visual cues to convey or alter meaning."
These paintings are part of a continuing body of figure paintings I have created over the years—with improvisations on the theme.
Using the energy of intense color and collage combined, the abstracted figures reflect mysteries in our personal, emotional and spiritual life. The figures are large and gestural. Their physical attitudes indicate direction: love, hate, happiness, sorrow, desire…all parts of the “human condition.”
My visual language taps into personal and intuitive elements important to my work: bold color relationships, simple forms, and the abstract quality of the painted and collaged surface itself. Layers of paint and collage are used as metaphor to our life experiences.
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Conveying what is happening within an artist’s mind and soul needs words; that does not come easily. Communication comes with the visual, for me; when paintbrush is in hand, I feel I begin the dialogue between myself and the audience.
My brain works a bit like a photographer; the image captured by a camera has always been a huge influence on the painted work that I produce. That fleeting expression of a subject- the frozen ‘moment in time’, captured by the camera, is the perfect point of reference; I join with the image envisioned.
As a portrait and figure painter, working between ‘thought’ and ‘captured image’, the painting evolves.
I have to confess that I love the play with convention and the descriptive title. It’s a single package; title-image-content. The route into the work is there for those who wish to enter.
paintbrushes filled with colors of my journeys
I derive inspiration for creating paintings from my professional and personal journeys. As I travel in both worlds, I seek to influence human actions so that biodiverse landscapes and individual species are protected and conserved. Painting gives me the freedom to creatively express my thoughts and feelings, and then to share them with the individual viewer.