2001. Pastel on sandpaper, 8 x 7-3/8 in.
Axis is a small work that has remained important to me. It dates from many years ago, when I was still exploring what pastels could do. The surface was much affected by the use of spray fixative – a substance that I eventually came to mostly avoid, but whose modifying properties I have also at times found to be intriguing. The ultimate surface is difficult to accurately reproduce digitally, as is the color, which ranges from green to orange.
I’m not able to work in the studio for a few days or be focused on painting, but this piece has always been a touchstone for me. I’m always able to reach it, even when I can’t reach much else.