“His origins are become remote as is his destiny and not again in all the world's turning will there be terrains so wild and barbarous to try whether the stuff of creation may be shaped to man's will or whether his own heart is not another kind of clay.”
In these paintings, I use clay to form the surface upon the tooth of the canvas, creating unique textures, from thin slivers to thick three-dimensionality, blurring the line that separates painting from sculpture. The clay self-hardens and cracks naturally, creating an effect that resembles fossilized forms, a reminder of our own vulnerability in this world. Once it is dry, I use polymer emulsion to seal the clay and keep it intact, and then I seal it again with epoxy resin, the strongest adhesive known to man. The clay is thus solid, durable, and enduring even before the first layers of paint are applied.