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.
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
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.