Greetings, to better understand my works, please try to consider them as performance pieces. It is my intention to act out my techniques. In other words, it is in the making of things that the art takes place. The resulting object is the trace of that art making.
For the viewer, the greatest satisfaction is going to come from reliving the action of the original movements. This should not take any extra effort nor be a requirement to enjoy the work. They simply are in the same way that music or dance is just enjoyed. It is animation that I am after, a feeling that somehow there is life in the work. For me, it is in the discovery of something new that I feel most alive. I am excited by surprises and I want to share my enthusiasm with you my viewers.
It is understandable that people would wonder why I work in different media and in different ways. But I do not see this as a problem, and in fact believe that there are some distinct advantages in working this way.
I began my artistic career painting small watercolors on location. Watercolor is almost alone in its ability to show light and fluency. These are the qualities I am most enamored of. The landscape is a great teacher of abstract principles. All of the myriad relationships like large and small, dark and light, rough and smooth and so on are there for anyone to see. A study of nature will almost inevitably lead to an understanding of abstraction. After some 25 years of painting watercolors I tired of the same old places and interpretations and moved into the studio where I could in effect make my own nature from scratch. This is how I interpret abstract art, it is real in its believability but also personal in its thoughtfulness. The prints and the paintings are all about intentions, the intention to identify with color and with form. My work is part of a quest to know myself and to empower myself and others. An interest in sculpture reaches back into my childhood and exposure to ancient artifacts in Europe and Central America. In the early days there was little distinction among media, art of all kinds was a necessary part of cultures. Artists were priests, teachers, seers and in general keepers of the mysteries. Sculpture is just painting in three dimensions.
Each medium informs the next, they take turns leading the parade. Watercolor makes me more aware of the inevitability of reduction and the need to get it right the first time. Printmaking teaches me about the impact of the stamp as surprising and delightful. Painting is the process of discovery and sculpture is the incredible freedom to explore.