Black paint on canvas, paper and mylar has been my medium of choice for the past four or five years. With these black, reductive, imageless paintings, I’m exploring the aesthetic of black. I’m intrigued by the expressive possibilities of darkness and blackness. The painting process leads me along and each finished painting seems to inform the next. I’m drawn to the visual heft of black and the ways black can fill an empty space. If I recognize something, I take it out. I want the paintings to be detached from any literal reference. Experiencing these black, minimalist paintings can be challenging, difficult and intense, yet their fullness and blackness can evoke feelings and carry some communicative power. I want the paintings to have a life of their own and speak for themselves.