I don't make things as much as I live
through my experiences. To make art is always a celebration. Energetic
and alive with feeling, my paintings often feature subject matter I have
experienced and appreciated. I capture brief moments in time that are
seemingly fleeting and common and give them importance and permanence.
I paint basic shapes, patterns, motion
lines, and line emphasis to map a visual vocabulary that is universally
identifiable through its simplicity. Unity and harmony are achieved
through the repetition of line, shape, and color. Rhythm and movement
express action, force, and energy in a dynamic way.
My paintings are often light hearted and
humorous with hidden commentaries about life and the true importance of
our world. Since Camus and other existentialists propose that it is our
human responsibility to create meaning out of nothingness, what higher
purpose could art possibly serve while we roll our stones. Given hands,
a reasoning brain, and a desire to create, I paint to make myself a free
human and to offer help to those who are at our mercy. I give form to
the unpredictable impossibilities of the subconscious mind. Moreover,
meaning and observational insights take a back seat to the underlying
truth that my paintings are about the painting process.
For this series of paintings, I use
paisleys as the vehicle to show how people treat animals. There should
be outrage in the world when we see a paisley hanging from a hook while
its milk is drained into a drinking glass in Milking Paisleys. Life is
strange and cruel in Paisley in Veal Crate as the entrapped paisley
struggles for freedom. Even more egregious, the ready to pop Foie Gras
Paisley makes one wonder how can this cruelty continue unimpeded? In
the end, paisleys are for food in Paisley Steak as Americas
meat-eating habit spins out of control on a cosmic level. Reality is
sugar coated and made fun - as long as you are not a paisley.
I celebrate and embrace the painting
experience with ritual and extreme pleasure. My paintings are very fast
and free. Unbound by residual conflict and strife, I revel in a
transcendental state when I paint. As I know, feel, and create myself;
my energy, intuitive confidence, and proficiencies bind to exemplify my
experience. More simply stated, my excitement and fury become the main
ingredients that blend and reflect in the end product. Art reflects
life. Life is not about reaching our destination; but, it is about the
journey we make. So too, my art is not about the finished product; but,
it is about the process."
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