The Southern California sun is my collaborator in this body of sculptural paintings, whose forceful objecthood comes from the heat that creates them. Working open-air in hot weather I set shape, color and texture into motion. Over days and weeks, direct sun bakes the paintings to a crust. I continue to adjust and define, add and muddle. The compositions are gently coaxed free, some intact, others torn and distressed. They reveal colors, textures and dynamic qualities that amplify and riff on my original intentions, showing ancient textures, tectonic expanses, beautiful distress. An exercise in releasing the ego’s control to the forces of nature, determined to accept the result.  Each piece is mounted to a thin birch backing carefully hand-cut to its precise contours in order to be hung on a wall. All: acrylic paint, matte and gloss medium, crushed marble mounted on panel.