These pieces are a way to get back to the basics. Just two main elements, surface and paint; the carving serves as a way to emphasize the surface, whereas quite obviously the layers of paint provide the colorful impact. It is imperative that the layers of paint be translucent in order to allow exposure of the imagery below. This raises the question of surface and strata, and just which and when it becomes of relevance to the final interpretation of the piece.


Carving in between layers of color allows for a smooth rich final texture, untouched by any further mark making; delicate and very fragile of course.