My friend Gary came by for a studio visit:
Every time I make a mark its like being in a place I have never been
Of utmost importance to me is the development of color and palette. By using so many layers to build the paintings color develops new meaning and depth. Multiple colors layered and blended convey a sense of connectivity and integration while at the same time suggest a feeling of isolation and disconnect. These two ideas working simultaneously are representative of the contradictory world in which we live.
A multilayered exploration into line, memory and color.
Within thoughts about line and it’s representation I consider how these marks orient in relation to one another. The contrast of the horizontal to the vertical, where the horizontal references the landscape and the vertical the human form, plays on the idea of man integrating and altering an environment
Using straight lines to create curvature and volume. To represent the recklessness of going against natural forces.
Painting draws you into the unknown where spirituality breathes.
There are no perfect lines in nature.
Perfect lines are the idealization of the concept of no curvature and cannot exist in nature. They are figments of our imagination and reach for the unattainable. Lines as we represent them define our wonderful imperfections.
A wonderful studio visit and write up by my friend Gary Brewer where we talked about work and my history and evolution into painting. Thank you Gary and artandcakela !
Art is not an object it is the inspiration to feel deeply
Instead of thinking about dominance and aggression I would like to think about humanity and the human condition.
Mutual Appreciation Society will be having their final show at Torrance Art Museum. It’s a one night celebration of artist and art. Pease come down and join the fun.
332 Civic Center Drive, Torrance
One of my pieces “Embarcadero” will be reproduced on a billboard at Western and Franklin for the month of December. I am excited to see if it scales up in a nice way. There is so much to learn about scaling and I am grateful for the opportunity. Thanks to The Billboard Creative for the space.
I am honored to be showing new work in a solo show at Bluerider Art in Taipei, Taiwan
Opens October 15th, 2016 , 4-6pm with an artist talk at 4:30
I am having an ongoing conversation in paint using the concept of layering and burying to explore the idea of recollection within a symbolic landscape. Like an archeologist that digs and reveals fragments of human history the layers represent the passage of time and the importance of memory.
Memory is the reduction and refinement of an original experience that has been enhanced with emotional content and value. These experiences identify with images that come to represent a place and time in our personal history. I try to collect and assemble the assortment of impressions and distill them to their essence and lay down the elements in form, composition, and color.
Within this broader conversation I am also exploring a second theme, which is the creation of a visual language that represents and redefines the word littoral. Littoral is defined as the zone where the land and sea come together. A meeting place of disparate worlds where opposites collide and interact. I explore this area looking at the affect of human intervention on what began as a natural landscape and I work to reformulate the word and expand it to include an alternate visual definition.
Burying ideas and images deep within the construct of a composition conveys a sense of connectivity as each layer interacts with the previous, but there also exist the feeling of disconnect and isolation that is congruous with the notion of urban life. It is this exploration of color, composition and light that entices and drives me.
What is most compelling, I found the forms and images simplifying in the composition, giving the color fields a chance to interact and breathe.
A work of art is approached from many perspectives and directions. These varied paths unite and intersect to form a dimension and variety.
When there is nothing else and only you alone can feel it
Art is about the making, taking steps. Not necessarily walking as that implies pre-meditation to move toward, but taking steps. Maybe backwards maybe forwards or up or down. It’s the creative challenges realized and uncovered then attempted to solve.
A new direction with some of the old. Live outside limitations.
A painting must touch an emotion to last. Without emotion a painting is just an illustration. Its the experience in the present and in memory.
Invention is born of dissension not consensus. I am trying new directions, finding new paths, some that dead end and some that flourish.
With a simplification of form there is more importance shifted to the color.
Memories define who we are. Memory is not a singularity but a process.
Horizon fill the negative space of the composition and it strengthens the relationship between foreground and background. They are the blurred distance that is counterpoint to the hard edged foreground. Both contain fragments that are based on the incomplete visions that make up our memories
Waves are the perfect metaphor for life. Fleeting constantly moving and pushing forward propelled by a mysterious force up out and in the end, back to where it began.