All art surfaces are rich in color and texture, coming from my emotional, intellectual and spiritual states of being. My work is free from the boundaries of traditional picture making; thus, it is easier to explore my own psyche. Abreaction, a Greek term, first used by ancient Greek dramatists to describe the purging or cathartic effect that the release of emotion gives one, is an important part of my process. The unleashed, splattering of gestural paint strokes on my huge un-gessoed and –un-stretched canvases, which was so much a part of the release of angst in Abstract Expressionism, are evident in my own work and combined with a textural layering of paint, sand, string, discarded drawings, lead to expressive mark making in meaningful contexts evident in this body of art . That the subconscious is at work, there is no doubt. These paintings were not made with only sheer logic in mind. Rather, painting is a journey, a process for me, that is almost scared and where I strive to prepare my subconscious for painting in a ritual which may involve a more pensive/meditative state of being. All of these artworks were informed by literature about people who have suffered trauma and their journey to survival. These artworks strive to heal and to evoke positive feelings in the viewer.
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.