SURFACE WORK Ratios series is a continuation of SURFACE WORK, with which I push my investigation into variations of the surfaces’ tone, dependant on the specific ratios of medium to binder.

It began as a series of ten paintings on paper dividing the measurements of quantities from one part graphite to ten parts oil; less concentration of graphite creates a light surface, with a darker surface resulting from higher quantities of medium to binder. Each piece is made, as close as is possible with similar pressure, weight, movement patterns, rhythm, tempo and process with limitless characteristics.

As the process developed, I played with the quantity of turpentine, creating soft, fluid marks or dry, scraping marks dependant on the consistency. The series, therefore, has increased to include SURFACE WORK Ratio 1:10 Wet on Wet and SURFACE WORK Ratio 3:10 Dry.