Category: 1 – Geode Paintings

My favorite style of spontaneous painting, I call these works “geode paintings” because like cracking open a geode rock, I never know what I’m going to end up with when I start.

I’ve been doing these kinds of spontaneous works ever since I began painting in 2012. For the most part, the process is the same no matter the media; I rely on spontaneity and chance to guide the process, and work quickly by mixing the paint on the canvas straight from the tube. Most of the time, I’m pleasantly surprised by what reveals itself after repeated cycles of turning the canvas 360 degrees and blending colors along the way.

Si! (2017)


Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 inches

SOLD in April 2017 to a private collector in Kansas

Responsive painting inspired by a live performance of Si!, a composition for tuba and live electronics composed by Karlheinz Essl; performed at Cider Gallery in Lawrence, KS on April 25, 2017 by Brett Keating and University of Kansas Prof. Bryan Kip Haaheim (North American Premiere).

This piece was one of seven spontaneously-produced paintings as I listened to Brett perform six separate electro-acoustic music compositions for trombone, euphonium and live electronics.

Here’s a video of Essl performing Si! in Innsbruck, Austria on November 29, 2015: