My MOST RECENT PAINTINGS have evolved from a mostly impressionistic style to one that is a bit more abstract. This difference is achieved largely through unusual textural innovations in otherwise uniform surfaces. Unfortunately, these small (website) images do not really convey the visual impact and detail of the full size paintings.
I am continuously inspired by the complex interaction between sky, water and land…the boundless horizon that provides an intoxicating space for my imagination to roam. My paintings strive to capture the ever changing moods that light imposes on what I see.
Evocative, suggestive seascapes and landscapes draw people into my paintings...into a timeless space that silences the chaos around us. I want to solicit an emotional response to images drawn from my imagination which is incessantly fueled by the world around me.
At a recent art opening, unknown to my audience, I looked over their shoulders and listened. I remember people saying, “His paintings are so calming.” I call my work evocative, but to my patrons it is peaceful. They are unaware that the simplest elements: a sailboat’s position on the horizon, a cloud’s swirl - have all been painstakingly expressed.
My process is perhaps different. Sometimes I hit the wall – I might not like the look of a cliff – so I take a photograph and use Adobe Photoshop to manipulate the picture. On screen, I create a unique layer over the photograph where I can soften the landscape, or even erase it. I experiment with the photo while the canvas remains unmarked. The photo record is my painting's evolution. I look back at some of these pictures and how they transformed a painting in interesting ways. I see my struggles to get something out that I didn’t understand at the time. I am often amazed and sometimes appalled by the many attempts it took to arrive at the final solution. Since I never plan a new painting, this documented evolution reflects the emotionally draining exploration of something within me that needed to be expressed.
Since my early mixed media paintings, I have been experimenting with many different, sometimes non traditional approaches. Mixed media allowed me the most flexibility and range of expression. However, oil painting is the more challenging and has become my most satisfying medium. By incorporating the lessons learned from each medium, including digital, my approach is always exploratory as I develop different techniques to achieve the effects I want.
My award winning artwork is in private collections worldwide and has been shown by galleries in Massachusetts, Tennessee, Arizona and Florida. Art Basel/Spectrum, Miami 2014 - ArtExpo, NYC 2014 - Art Hampton's 2015.
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