For me, art is a very natural form of emotional expression – preceded only by the innate biological reactions to human emotional states. I create art to fulfill that need for emotional expression as well as to satisfy an increasing creative compulsion. The ongoing struggle lies in the translation of an idea, emotion or vision onto a blank surface. The victory over that struggle is being impressed with the results.
When submitting examples of my work for contests or exhibitions, I am invariably asked to describe my artwork. My art, however, does not stay the same. Not inconsistent, but evolving. And it continues to evolve as I evolve. So, the best description I can offer is that of the work that I am painting(or submitting) at that moment. In reflection on all of my artistic creations, from childhood until now, I would describe most of my work as being abstract or expressionist.
I invite you to view examples of some of my work below. Enjoy!
During the past few weeks, I have been spending some time creating a high resolution, digital archive of my past and present works of art. Most of that time was spent scanning old sketches and drawings from as far back as high school. I want to preserve the work that I have done in or on old sketchbooks, random pieces of paper, cardboard and any other medium that tend to deteriorate over time. Once I had finished dusting, wiping, scanning and photographing, I decided experiment a little. Since they were small enough to fit on the scanner, I wanted to see how cool my clayboard paintings would look in “hi-res”! After some minor manipulation of the scan settings, I produced two beautiful, raw images of “Spirits in Chocolate” and “Spirits in Search”(my favorite of the two). Over the past few days, I have found myself being tranquilized while exploring the surfaces and textures of these two paintings. I know I have mentioned creating more of these clayboard pieces. But, examining these two under a magnifying glass has been so much fun, that I will – if for no other reason, paint at least 3 more.
Combine the spirit of creation with the spirit of recycling and these pieces art the result. Instead of hauling away the discarded concrete panels left over from a home-improvement project, I convinced the contractor to remove every irregular, angle-cut piece from his truck and place them in my garage. It took time for me to figure out what I was going to do with this odd material. But, with the help of a few power tools and many hours of experimentation, I managed to transform what was once useless construction discard into works of art. These pieces range in size from 8″ x 10″ to 24″ x 36″.
“Equine Rising”(2012) 24″ x 40″ x 1/4″ available
“Convergence”(2012) 24″ x 40″ x 1/4” available
“Planets Within Planets”(2012) 24″ x 40″ 1/4″
“Path To Destruction”(2012) 19 1/2″ x 28″ x 1/4″ available
Untitled graphite study(2013) 14″ x 10″ x 1/4″
Using the same material, I cut these panels into smaller, more intimate sizes. Since they are generally too small to install the bolts assemblies, I usually mount the panels on a variety of wood pieces that I have hand cut and finished. These pieces range in size from 2″ x 4″ to 8″ x 6″.
“Mother and Child”(2011) 7″ x 8″ x 1/2″
Untitled(2011) 7″ x 8″ x 1/2″
Graphite is where 95 percent of my work begins. From the most complex drawings to the simplest layout lines, I start with the most familiar extension of my hand.. a technical pen or lead holder. I am so comfortable with graphite, that I began incorporating graphite into my paintings.
“Love is in the Air”(2010) 11″ x 14″ “Linear”(2010) 8″ x 10″
My artwork changes dramatically when I use inks. My hand movements change. My thoughts and ideas are metamorphasized simply by switching from a technical pencil to a technical pen.
“Initials”(circa 1993) 11″ x 14″ “Initials II”(circa 1993) 11″ x 14″
“The Dancer”(circa 1993) 11″ x 14″
Between 2010 and 2012, I completed only 4 oil paintings. I was limited to an oil painting starter kit and a 3-pack of canvas panels that had remained in their plastic packing for months. Suffice it to say, I had 3 chances to create some wall-worthy artwork before a ran out of paint. I was satisfied with 2 out of 3. For those who are curious, the fourth painting was small pet portrait commissioned by a friend.
Acrylic has been my medium of choice. Much like oils, but formulated for the impatient artist. I have several sketches awaiting the shape and color of acrylic paint.
Untited(2011) 16″ x 24″ x 1″ “Woeful”(2011) 24″ x 24″ x 3″