Small is large

“Small” and “large” are antonyms yet, when it comes to my paintings, these words do not oppose each other.  I always work on multiple projects at the same time.  While I am battling it out with my larger paintings, I also create smaller works on paper. I have found that these smaller conglomerations of collage, paint and drawings have influenced my larger pieces immensely.  The smaller scale forces me to use fewer materials. Consequently, it has distilled my technique when I am working bigger. With this "ying-yang" process, I’ve been able to arrive at a more economical place without losing the power of the pieces.  This economy has developed my drawing skills and helped refine my current work.  Working small is a faster and less laborious process than when I am working on a much larger canvas, but the results are just as strong.