The Point of Mixed Media

The importance of concrete, silica, sand and other atypical materials in abstract paintings

Abstract painting has been one of the most freeing means of self-expression. Coming from an engineering background with set roles and processes; 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 usage 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 incorporating 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 every day. The application of materials and techniques utilized when working on a project can lead to a painting being completed anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months due to its curing process.

I find the process synonymous with our lives; as certain journeys take longer than others.