The newest body of oil paintings, Free Range, is a group of paintings made outdoors while camping on solo painting excursions, and sometimes finished in-studio in San Francisco over the 2018 Summer and Fall/Winter of 2019. They are free-spirited, sometimes spare, sometimes embellished. The color choices are primar… Read More
The newest body of oil paintings, Free Range, is a group of paintings made outdoors while camping on solo painting excursions, and sometimes finished in-studio in San Francisco over the 2018 Summer and Fall/Winter of 2019. They are free-spirited, sometimes spare, sometimes embellished. The color choices are primary to their moods and essences; the choices made along the way sprang from the initial ground color. I also experimented with raw linen for three of the works, one sealed with rabbit-skin glue, and the other two with a clear acrylic glaze.
Intrinsic Portal is an inward journey, also touching other worlds -- nature's and the inner ears' and eyes'. These, plus Linear Alive are manifestations of an urge to depict a quality of line or painterly dynamism in simple gouache works on paper. The images pay homage to natural phenomena and tap into a personal, abstract vocabulary of shape, line, color, and meaning.
The photographs are black and white 35mm analog photographs taken in remote wilderness areas. I use a 35mm camera for physical reasons, because I get to turn the dial of the aperture, and listen to the shutter click slowly in low light. I take photographs because of the astounding beauty of what I see. That simplicity of record gives me a whole experience as an artist, able to freely express my intuited joy, or present a distilled homage, and still later be able to see what inspired it, what juxtaposition of light and shadow, and tree-limb, struck me so speechless.
The Drawings are the language of unspoken truth, in black and white, appropriately.
Bare Passage is a selection of works 'based on beige', the rub of human flesh against the greater universe.
Once accumulated, I look at all the works and begin to form associative and physical relationships between them. I may create borders or frames to define a moment, or to formalize a seemingly casual event or relationship. In installation, I use the wall as a minimalist player in its own right to further define spacial relationships. The result is a visual display of correlating artistic impulses instigated by being in wild nature. See MFA Highlights for an example of painting and drawings in installation together. I aim to include photos in the next assemblage.
The other projects shown here are paintings that have defined my development as an artist since graduate school, and reveal the broader scope my painting sensibilities, and scale (small to grander).
I also make water-based and multi-media paintings for immediate satisfaction and the exploration of possibilities (see Assemblage City). Paper, drawing fragments, found and dimensional shapes, and collected objects combine with paint to create hybrid material worlds. Read Less