'It has taken me a long time to figure out how to handle paint. I moved to California from Greece about 8 years ago.At that time I was seduced by the sensuousness of paint. But I spent a number of frustrating years feeling stuck and felt I could not progress. My marks always had a rapid gestural quality and I wanted to bring the element of time into my work, but always reached an obstacle within.
A couple years ago I started to work exclusively on paper, cardboard or panel. It was completely liberating. The weight of hundreds of years of painting was lifted off my shoulders. These smoother surfaces (versus canvas) can only take so much paint before it starts to come off as you apply it. I experimented with less heavy layers, it was a joy to create flesh - coming at it from a new angle. . I worked on more isolated imagery, and simpler forms. I discovered that I react to what I am painting versus perceive it. It has lead me to be more playful in content and take risks. My work now is really about isolating, breaking things up and putting them back together.