My primary goal is to add to the beauty of the world. This is not about mere decoration or surface level appearances. It is about having space to be. I want to give us space to contemplate, think, interpret, discuss, and to be present. This is the most important condition for transforming ourselves and the world. We need it at every level: in the mind, the body, and the spirit. We need it in relationships, and communities, both locally and globally. We make space for art so that art directs us to the space within. We need inspiring, thought-provoking, and, yes, beautiful art. My work contributes to the beauty of the world by harmonizing simplicity and complexity through an improvisational process.
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As I improvise, I work within a structure of a color field first, and then a black, lyrical composition on top. These are two different dialects in the language of paint. They can be seen separately and together, thereby producing a third, harmonizing effect. Years of representational painting (with a concern for color accuracy and relativity, places to blend and distinct divides) gives me the facility to improvise. These abstract works therefore have many elements of representational works (three dimensional depth, ambiguity of where colors begin and end) as well as abstraction (the painterly energy, and a surface "side-by-side" appearance of elements). After years of representational painting, I realized that I was more compelled by how the choice of imagery shined light on the beauty of paint and not the other way around. This is why I now choose abstraction as my primary form, to cut directly to displaying the beauty of paint. As I see it, paint is an instrument playing in the keys of visual perception. While I laud representational paint, and I am forever indebted to it for instructing me in the language of paint, I am more interested in exploring what the notes, phrasings, and harmonies of paint can do without the need for representing things in the world. Each painting is another performance of paint's beauty. My intention is to leave all of the areas that are beautiful and add beauty where it needs to be. I am concerned with each specific location and with the overall composition. Though some paintings are completed over the course of two sessions, I prefer to complete these works in a single session ranging from 3-5 hours.
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