Why make art? For many of us it is a way to mediate reality, to integrate and make sense of the world and then put it “out there” for others to experience. My aim is to create a narrative with enough space for the viewer to enter and find their own story.
Working figuratively or with abstraction, I've always been a colorist, primarily concerned with creating space and movement through the use of masses of color. Cézanne, Hans Hoffman, and Clifford Still have been important influences on how to manipulate space on a flat surface.
I enjoy working in series, some of which may be completed within weeks while others encompass years of intermittent work. Most projects end up being meditations on time, whether it's capturing the play of light on moving water, the distortion of time created by illness or isolation, the passage of the sun and the seasons across an oak-studded hill, or the temporality of the human life span.
While I work loosely from reference photos, the finished piece could be very different. Each one has its own unifying rhythm and interior logical space that has to be explored through improvisation. I lose my way, painting intuitively and without stepping away from the canvas for long intervals. This process, given time and openness, lets the painting manifest itself; all that's left is to watch it closely, pay attention to it, and then polish the details.
photo credit: Stuart Kremsky