"...a good poem leaves you feeling more human". - anon. / overheard
--- Likewise with a good painting -our preferred antidote to the trivialization of life. Here are a few idea-driven, idea-layered paintings (w/ jokes and tears), in oil & mixed media, followed by sculpture in selected found materials, presenting landscape-Inscape & architecture-inflected images and objects in a broad, graphic, textured palette, in a full range of colors and dimensions -- reflecting a personal view of a hopeful though scarcely justifiable image-language sensitivity. This presumptive notion enables my rethinking of personal & cultural challenges -- I'd call them art-enabled-reassessments of chaos, spontaneity, and the possibility of inward order.
My WorkLife -- is painting as a visually connective evocative enterprise offering a personal shape-language world, with advanced and primitive forces from various perception levels that meet each other in diplomacy & battle. Painting is my conversation between thought and feeling, a means of self creation & reckoning -- personal, ruminative, & invitational. Noticing my own shifting alertness brings about world-reckoning intimacy and reflection moment to moment. I stop-frame life circumstances to reflect on them. At once, a painter is the scene, the subject, the story, the shy reader, and the innocent listener, hearing with eyes ("seeing") or deludedly conjuring new 'evidence' of a possible vast, private, and deeper Life. How does a painting emerge? : it unfolds for the maker and viewer alike. Mental dithering fades, visual conversation gains credence, logical debate aggregates, arguments are fleshed-out, nuanced affinities are recognized ...and then are personally elected / acted on. Previous thresholds of aesthetic insight & emotional courage are overturned, alienation is temporarily quelled to a manageable level. Insights and ideas take the form of marks, shapes, colors and arrangements. Beyond language and music healing & self-unity -however inexplicable- are the origins of the effort, but are the certain endpoints of this work --which is to convey an evolving world within myself, as a contribution to the shared world.
From an immersive (a sometimes 'research-oriented') studio practice, a personal iconography has emerged: thought figurations in two and three dimensions that convey a personal aesthetic of attention & intention. Pulling together compelling elements of a complex structural presence, the GEO-Figuration that undergirds these compositions concerns what? open strength and endurance. By way of foxy color, decisive internal density, scale & proportion, these images illuminate a wayward yet determined ArtLife engagement. Well beyond the unavoidable doubt & ambiguity that lends a bristling frisson to the graphic & spatial field of each painting, this art is an inquiry concerning a collaborative meaning-creation relationship with the committed viewer -- it is a non-churchy call & response relationship. At Best -- here find an urgent, personal domain of optimism and contribution -when taken together as a whole. Herein, my ImageWorld -layered & conjoined- invites extended looking -outward & inward in the same extended moment of discernment, and fragile if exhilarating self understanding.