The Point of Mixed Media

Why use concrete, silica and sand when paint can be plenty enough

Abstract painting has been one of the most freeing means of self-expression. Coming from an engineering background with set roles and processes; I find that abstract art allows the exploration of space in a malleable capacity keeping it highly congruent with our existence.

Life isn’t always black and white. We deal with all kinds of greys on a daily basis. The exploration of this grey is what excites me about artist expressionism. With doing so, abstract art coupled with mixed media is the perfect pallet to showcase the constant flux we live in.

My choice of mixed media when working on a painting is derived from multiple sources of inspiration. Acrylics are the perfect medium for most canvas projects, but depending on the piece I usually end up using lots of wax, spray paint, concrete, silica, sand and fibers to truly encapsulate the interweaving of different forms and textures which form a piece at any given time.

The choice of not following a fixed form and technique is the ultimate panacea when working on a project, and is what drives me to the studio. Being able to communicate and capture how I feel and what I would like to express through my paintings is what I strive for when working on a piece. The choice of materials and techniques utilized when working on a project can lead to a painting being completed anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of months.