About my Art

 

 

These are some of my notes as an artist as I seek to put into words that which comes much easier to me to express in colors, shapes and gestures. It is not in essay form, just random thoughts and realizations as I have them that will hopefully help to clarify what I feel called to create.

HDB

Finding the story with in the painting.

The lines are random, the dot is on purpose. Somethings in our story we control other things we don't get to control.

My goal as an artist is to achieve great expressive strength with as few elements as possible.

 

Gestural paint strokes with focus on color and texture 

 

"Accidental color incidents" Suitcase Paintings page 21

Quiet and contemplative abstract works

 

I like to create some sort of tension with the dot. Sometimes it is perched solidly other times it is falling off sometimes it is floating in space. Sometimes it is not there at all.

 

 

Clifford Stills talked about  “Verticality expresses life force” “Simple Verticality” as opposed to horizontal lines representing peace, rest.

 

 

I find in my line paintings energy, movement, structure, focus, balance and ultimately clarity. Colorful points of clarity.

 

My entire life, art was how I expressed myself. I could not find the words but through color and line I could communicate what I was seeing and how I was feeling. It is also how I see the world around me.  The world is a chaotic, my life can be hectic, through painting I process, and I try to grasp understanding. I whittle things down to a simple easily understood line and dot.

 

For me it is about the marks (line) and the color and the composition I can create with those elements. The life those elements take on in my painting. I believe those things can express anything I may need to represent.

 

 The lines pose a problem then the dot a resolution.

Verticals represent a life force, movement as opposed to horizontals that represent rest. For me it’s not about the forms at all... it’s about the paint stroke, the marks and the color, the life those elements take on in my paintings. I believe they can evoke everything I’m trying to express as an artist. I’ve created a form/ structure if you will that allows me to play inside of it. I have my process my formula then I play with the color. How it lands on the paper and how it plays with the other colors on the paper.  The pencil marks and paint strokes are intuitive and random. They create a problem, then I try to solve the problem with the dot. 

Energy

Movement 

Structure 

Focus

Balance 

Colorful Points of Clarity

 

 

Natural v spiritual

Battleground

Push and pull

 I am looking for the spirituality beyond the material.

In Christianity there is the ongoing battle of the flesh v the spirit. The flesh represents the natural, the bad so to speak, that which needs to be shed, died to, overcome.

The Spirit is the good, that which represents the new, reborn, regenerated man.

There is this daily ongoing battle between the two –

Light v dark

Good v evil

Natual v spiritual

Flesh v spirit

Right v wrong

Faith v sight

 

All my paintings are a battleground.

I think in all my painting you can find this struggle to some level. A battle, a tension, a balancing act…It is not to say that all of my paintings are of a serious nature or content – they are not. Even the lighthearted, whimsical paintings have that internal struggle present because it is present in every situation, it is the struggle of every man, at all times, always present.

A stormy sky, meeting / colliding with a churning sea/ a line with a circle perilously placed/ conflict of man / nature/ culture / faith.

 

I feel in most of my paintings there is a colliding… of colors of paint of brushstrokes… a sense of moving about trying to find the right place.

 

Faith v sight

 

More to the situation than meets the eye

 

Clouds colliding into one another to make shapes.

Our eyes adjusting and using our mind, reason and experiences to find these pictures.

I do not have a desire to describe my reality or experience in a naturalist or representational way - but rather my freedom, my gift, as an artist is to use the language of colors and shapes to express the reality beyond what is seen with the eyes. That which is known and felt but unseen.