22 x 30
oil and cold wax on paper

Slathering oil paint mixed with cold wax can be identified as the messiest work I do. But it's also one of the most frustrating and satisfying techniques out there. When is it finished? How many layers are enough? What is the artist trying to capture, besides abstract expressionism? What makes an abstraction good versus amateurish? Which tools, color shifting and linear paths hold the viewers interest? These questions have haunted me for a number of years. When my face, hands or studio are smeared with these creations, I threaten to quit—then a composition works—and I'm encapsulated again.

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