Don't all the best things begin with a mess?
(let's just agree on that right now)
Each day's attempt to make some order out of chaos is
daunting, and thrilling.
If progress is made... sometimes that's enough.
Surface depth, texture, shifts in color and translucency are some of the formal traits I pursue when working. Inspiration comes from every shadowy corner of my life experience. The world is a fascinating place to be, most of the time :).
Based in Pottstown PA, I exhibit work in regional
and national shows and galleries.
Where have I been all your life? Stuck in the mud.
what things look like is a convention,
not a truth" - Wendell Castle
This quote by sculptor Wendell Castle is one of my favorites. I like being reminded that after centuries of trying to define art, it continues to
break out of the cages we create for it.
I follow a twisted path, chasing story lines
into the woods where they hide.
My work method: more is more, until it isn't. Then, remove what's not helping. The first part of the painting process is as thought-free as I can manage. I fight the need to control my materials, instead approaching them with the same curiosity I would have for any new place I might visit.
Surrendering to the fact that I will never understand the work completely, I eventually come to appreciate its wisdom. The content keeps me on a need-to-know basis.
A kind of unfolding happens at first that does not move toward a specific idea. The undefined figures that emerge reflect thoughts about relationships or things I see around me. Elements of abstraction stray toward the surreal; best discovered in layers, through time.