Currently, I am working in mixed media assemblage. This has been my preferred medium for several years now since it brings together all the differing types of making art that I have explored over the years. I love the freedom mixed media gives me to put together colour and texture and varying surfaces. I am lucky enough to have my own studio and therefore have the space to collect all manner of objects, papers, paints and inks. Since I never know what a piece of art may require, I hang on to all sorts of things that other people might consider “garbage”. In fact, I find a lot of my resources at the local dump! I am also lucky in that I make part of my living in the art world, as a curator of a small public gallery. I get to connect often with other artists and in that interaction I find more of my inspiration.
The motivation behind my art is hard to define. I have an almost constant need or drive to create. I pile together rocks and driftwood on the beach, organize ornaments in my home, design flower beds in my garden and put together mixed media pieces in my studio. To me, all of that is art and I've always been inspired by it. Creating art is my meditation, spirituality and means of communicating with the rest of humanity. I use art to make statements about both personal and social issues and often a combination of both.
Statement My art is a product of my experiments with process, color, form and composition. I have always considered what I do to be “messing around with paint.” I never plan my paintings; I let what happens during the process determine the final outcome. Someone once described my art as being “dark, but whimsical,” and that sounds accurate to me. I prefer art that is expressive, dynamic, colorful, un-self conscious, and somewhat raw (Diebenkorn, DeKooning, Guston, Scully, Bazelitz, Basquait, etc.). I mostly work abstract these days, though I occasionally let in recognizable imagery (see TVs painting). Ultimately, the reason I paint is because I occasionally like the results.
Biography I was born in Schenectady, New York in 1956. I grew up there and in Cleveland, Ohio and attended higher education at Boston University. Though I did art when I was young, I didn’t get serious about it until after graduating from College. I’ve taken painting courses at UMass and the Fine Arts School in Boston and the San Francisco Art Institute. I use a room in my apartment in San Francisco as a studio. I generally create about one painting a month.