"My painting does not come from the easel. I hardly ever stretch my canvas before painting. I prefer to tack the unstretched canvas to the hard wall or the floor. I need the resistance of a hard surface. On the floor, I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting. This is akin to the method of the Indian sand painters of the West... When I am in my painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It is only after a sort of 'get acquainted' period that I see what I have been about."Jackson Pollock....."
These artworks embrace this attitude.They were made in this manner.They are mixed media on paper and /or unstretched canvas, ranging in size from 3'x 5' to 15' x 5'.The titles and the inspiration of the paintings are taken from several books I have read about topics such as; The Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Lithuania, female homicides in Ciudad Juárez, called in Spanish feminicidio, Honor killings, Sex Slavery/Trafficking.Before I paint I go through a process which I call,"preparing my subconscious for painting" in an almost sacred ritual.I was told this body of art looks like a wound and the stitches which sew up a wound, how apropos and that this art series looks like jazz.
My newest art series called Catharsis;born from grief of losing my oldest son to opiate abuse.
This series is dedicated to his memory, James Alexander Harmon; painter, political writer, musician, teacher, filmmaker, brother, son, friend to many, lover to one.He was a traveller, spending the last three years living and teaching and writing in Russia and Eastern Europe.