“Simplicity is not an objective in art, but one achieves simplicity despite one's self by entering into the real sense of things.” Constantin Brancusi
It is my belief that positive creativity is the main purpose of the human capacity for intention. My principal aim when painting is to escape the stresses of daily life and create a more beautiful and meaningful environment for myself and anyone viewing my work. It also helps me to translate the emotional reactions I have to my surroundings into something I can more easily understand. Art is the language I use to speak and to argue with myself. Most importantly, though, painting is my only true relief from a lifelong struggle with attention and focus deficit issues. For few precious hours each day, I can be at peace with my mind. The movements my body performs synchronize with the state of my thoughts, creating a harmony I am otherwise unable to feel. Creativity is my dearest and most supportive partner.
I work primarily in abstract ways, using oil over canvas, board or paper. Through abstract expression I am more sincere with myself through the visual words and worlds I create.
My inspiration is drawn from the chaotic and the unpredictable in nature and in all matters created. I stand in awe of the works of the Artists of the Abstract Expressionist movement in 1950s New York. I study artists like Vasudeo Gaitonde, Zheng Congbin, Fernando Zobel or Pierre Soulages, and draw from the sculptures of Daniel Frachon. I am curious about, even envious of the bonds between the artists in movements from Dada to Urban Street Art, and am intrigued by the words of the French decadent-romantic poets. Aesthetically, I am drawn to Asian abstract calligraphy and sensitivity. But more than anything, my travels around the world have provided me with the strongest sense of self. The journeys I have taken have made me the man and the artist that I am. Travel has given my restless mind the best of all education: I have learned to smell, touch, hear and see; I have learned to give, lose, laugh and fear.
All this input, accumulated over a life lived many times over, is what drives my creativity. I am a teacher and an artist, a quiet yeller, a thrower and a catcher. When I have a canvas in front of me, I know it yearns to become a new world – one that will take my mind on another journey. All I can do to share that journey is to paint.
Member of the Redwoods Art Association and the Humboldt Arts Council.