Don't all the best things

begin with a mess?

(let's just agree on this right off the bat) 

 

Each day's attempt to make some order out of chaos is daunting, and thrilling. 

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As long as progress is made...   Some days, 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.

"I'm willing to be available to

the most dumb idea" - Squeak Carnwath

 

This quote from painter and educator Squeak Carnwath is one of my favorites.  I need constant reminding that among the well worn paths leading to a definition of art,  there are always dimly lit side trails left unexplored.  To wander down one of those offers a chance to stumble onto something magical.

some insight into my process

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My motto: more is more, until it isn't. Then, edit, edit, edit. The first part of the 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.  Success means in part, surrendering to the fact that I will never understand them completely, rather come to appreciate their innate complexities. A kind of unfolding happens at first that does not move from or toward a specific idea.  The figurative imagery that develops implies multiple narratives.  At times it reflects the strange way animals (human or non-human) interact, as elements of abstraction stray toward the surreal. The work is best discovered in layers through time, similar to how it's made.