I am an artist living in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. There are few things more inspiring than this city - a place of opportunity and great creative community. My work cites links between the macro/micro phenomena of this world, drawing from satellite photographs of the Earth, placed alongside molecular-level inspired images of living things. Patterns from a zoomed-out perspective are strikingly related to the tiny details of living things. This provokes questions about the world's formation and ongoing vitality. I am also interested in visual snapshots of turbulence, controlled chaos, and fluid motion. I study the dance of smoke, and the mix of cream into coffee, as one fluid blends itself into another, with no apparent order. My medium of choice is acrylic paint, and all its corresponding acrylic counterparts. I am very interested in the possibilities that acrylic media offer to the modern painter. I drop and pour paint, using palette knives, gravity, and time to unearth a finished piece. Some paintings require only one pour, fusing together on the surface perfectly smoothly. Others take many layers to build up in order to create a surface I am satisfied with. The use of raw canvas and wood are very deliberate, used for their natural beauty and simplicity. I paint with many colours, but the ones which dominate often surprise even me. Because the paint dries to different opacities, I can’t see what I have made until hours later — the process is a glimpse of one my favourite themes: controlled chaos. The process of making these pieces is risky and costly: making mistakes means starting from scratch or scrapping a piece entirely. Each painting requires studies in preparation, so when I often include these studies in exhibitions. I know it's old fashioned, but I care very much about creating beautiful pieces, with ethereal, galactic qualities.. Occasionally using found material such as rusted metal or metal shavings, my pieces acknowledge time past & processes dependent on time.
Thank you for visiting my website - I am happy to share my work with you. A.A.