Any attempt to make order out of chaos is
both daunting and thrilling.
Even a little progress can be enough.
Surface depth, texture, shifts in color and translucency are some of the formal traits I look for 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 upstate NY, 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 reminds me that
after centuries of trying to define art, it continues to
break out of the cages we create for it.
My work follows a twisted path, chasing story lines into the woods where they hide.
Methods revolve around the idea that 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, though I often lose that fight. I try to approach the emerging image with the same curiosity and respect I
have for any new place I 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.