Much of the recent work deals with types of different visual structures and how they can be used as expressive tools to communicate thoughts, feelings and ideas about the world around us. The question I always come back to is how does one continue to make expressionistic work in an era of raw data and electronic imagery. There is a constant play between a rigid formalism and intuitive expressionism. Recent work focuses on the response of the viewer. These pieces have been aptly likened to "pink noise" in visual form.
The current paintings explore two themes, an interest in pattern and why we are wired in such a way as to be attracted to it and a way to make paintings that are improvisational and carry the immediacy of the creative process. I like to think of painting as a tool for visualization, communication and expression.
I start using rubber stamps composed of simple geometric shapes. In some cases I use tessellation. In most cases I continue to layer the work to create dense surfaces that can hint at space and depth and but still bring the viewer back to textural elements. While I could point to interests in the sciences, much of the process always comes down to the piece and the possibilities of expression that spontaneously arise from the process.
In some of the works an image is explored , others are abstract works; they are dense, chaotic at times, rhythmic at others, and suggest a world never at rest, in that sense I look for some structure in an anxious and restless world. Richard Heller