A gesture in fine art is an expressive mark derived from an impulse and captured with media, such as ink on paper. My paintings are clearly "of the hand" which are done with acrylic paint and watercolor media on paper, using the subconscious to develop the image. I often meditate before beginning to paint, looking to banish thought from my mind. Then, as I start to paint I let go of judgement and try to respond.
Sometimes my response is based in emotion, sometimes from something I see, but knowing the source usually comes after the painting is complete. For instance, months after painting Bent Figure I finally recognized the source, a stenciled graffiti on a regular route.
The gesture found in these paintings isn't controlled or practiced. Often painting with my fingers I try to let go of thought, relying on muscle-memory and my subconscious. It is sort of like being in control of not being in control. Not an easy task, yet a very satisfying feeling when I can accomplish it.
The piece shown here is Tall Figure, a personal favorite as it was one of the first I did in this style. There are about 40 paintings in the series from small studies to larger works, all done on paper, some mounted and ready to hang.
See more examples in the Painting Gallery.