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About the Artist
As a modern-day alchemist, I am passionate about experimenting with steel, paint, and acids, and utilizing my Chemical Engineering background to evoke chemical reactions which transform steel into a new creation. I call the abstract art that I create "reactive paintings on steel". While my artwork is not an obvious expression of my spiritual beliefs, it is inspired by nature but created through nature's oxidative process, which also originates from God. The first step in creating either my non-representational or representational abstract paintings is forming steel into a canvas shape. This is followed by the application of paints and acids in multiple layers over time to allow chemical reactions and material interactions to form abstract patterns and beautiful color combinations. Ongoing experiments include coaxing differing outcomes and allowing for the development of a synergistic relationship that produces a result greater than the sum of the effects of the individual inputs. Circular patterns projected on the ground from sunlight filtering through the trees were the initial inspiration for "Blissful Moments". I painted circles that eventually became bubbles as I followed along with the reactions on steel. By looking closely, you can see many patterns that developed in the multiple layers of this painting through oxidation. With "The Surge" I desired a wave, yet the seafoam was not working out as intended. While in the process of sanding off layers the perfect seafoam appeared as if by magic. This technique of painting and oxidizing steel is an exercise in finding the proper balance of pushing the painting forward and backing off.