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.

Water Work 2 (2013)

Water Works Number 2

Acrylic and water on canvas
16 x 20 inches

The second piece in an ongoing series of paintings that I began in 2013 using water tinted with acrylic. The compositions take shape as the water moves around the canvas, which I tilt and pitch arbitrarily. I also use a high-powered hair dryer to manipulate the drips and pools that develop. These unplanned pieces were my first experiments with surrealist automatism, which is a process that I now employ in all of my work.

Water Work 1 (2013)

Water Works Number 1

Acrylic and water on canvas
16 x 20 inches

The first piece in an ongoing series of paintings that I began in 2013 using water tinted with acrylic. The compositions take shape as the water moves around the canvas, which I tilt and pitch arbitrarily. I also use a high-powered hair dryer to manipulate the drips and pools that develop. These unplanned pieces were my first experiments with surrealist automatism, which is a process that I now employ in all of my work.