Painting appeals to me because it can be so bold and direct. It has the same freedom that drawing provides but also allows for greater flexibility. It can be a fun physical release while simultaneously being quite serious. I enjoy the problem-solving aspect. I am prone to painting something
intentionally "wrong" just so I can correct it and adjust it later. This results in some of my most satisfying work.|
I have always kept my subject matter open to whatever catches my interest but figure has become a permanent fixture. By painting people, I think I open my work up to a wider audience. The human form is direct and instantly understood. My work is very blunt in that regard. At the same time, I want my painting to have a clear understanding of formal visual principles tying it together.
Music probably has the greatest impact on the attitude of my paintings. I have told several people that I paint because I'm incapable of playing a musical instrument. Rhythm is essential to life, music and good painting. In the studio, if I allow myself to get absorbed into an album it frees my mind to where I am no longer actively thinking about what I'm doing. It allows me to fall into what musicians call a "groove". All my formal art knowledge becomes passive and I am freely and aggressively responding to the canvas without hesitation. When I can find the groove, I am at the top of my game.
110. Scientific American, 2001, 48" x 30", acrylic on 2 canvases
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111. Barcelona Bocce, 2001, 61" x 37", acrylic on canvas
112. Apparent Transparency, 2001, 20" x 32", acrylic/pumice gel on 2 canvases
113. La Rambla, 2001, 20" x 18", acrylic/cardboard on masonite
114. Street Festival, 2001, 12" x 24", acrylic/pumice gel on masonite
115. Electric Sam, 2002, 25" x 37", acrylic on canvas
116. Don't Let Money Change You, 2002, 30" x 40", acrylic on canvas
117. Mentality, 2002, 36" x 20", acrylic/pumice gel on canvas
118. Suspicion, 2002, 36" x 48", acrylic/pumice gel on canvas
119. Dime and a Nickel, 2002, 73" x 50", acrylic on canvas
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