My work combines many layers of staining and transparent paints with papers, cloth, printed materials, image transfers, and assorted found objects to evoke feelings, thoughts, and interpretations from the viewing audience. There is no intended meaning in the relationships of these materials other than what the observer brings to the experience.
Often, the materials dictate the titles and the words can actually be found somewhere in the image. Sometimes it is a line from a song and at other times, it has a personal or private meaning.
Influences from the New York School of artists of the 50s and 60s, such as Rothko and Rauschenberg permeate my work, bringing new variations and random meanings to the relationships of the materials.
As a printmaker in college, I developed an affinity for the aesthetics of paper and now use it in nearly all my paintings. Papermaking, image transfer, and the introduction of found objects into works of art intrigued me then and I have incorporated those methods in my artwork ever since.
I have struggled with the question “what is art?” Well, I finally have a definitive answer; the answer I have sought my entire life… Art, as it turns out, is the name of my neighbor’s dog. An artist, in his own right, that leaves little piles of sculpture on my front lawn at night and wakes me up at 3 A.M. scolding and barking at imaginary interlopers.