We have painted collaboratively since 1995. We come from two distinctly different paths, and sometimes they merge, to the effect that it becomes whole cloth.
ML: Painting is a cerebral, intentional process.
RA: I try to sidestep the conscious mind in order to work spontaneously from the unconscious – from my gut – from the truth of who I am.
ML: Abstraction for me is the process of distillation; seeing (thinking) into a construct of shapes, lines, colors to evoke a mood.
RA: Art is play, the joy of a random line, a brilliant color.
Side by side we create this dialogue merging our two positions, sometimes exchanging who we think we are; and not until stopping and stepping back do we experience what we have done.