The moose above 'Munch' is an example. See also 'Vic's Story Board' a five panel piece with broken continuity.
12" x 12" example
To me the creative process is not about quotas, identifiable style or subject matter or even income. Rather, the desire is to experience a blank slate converted to an image. Images for what they spark in memory or emotion. Maybe a tinge of blush from a walk or touch with an intimate partner or from the rush created by unique sounds and fragrance of a high mountain meadow, lake or forest. Something to contemplate! “Contemplate” is a key foundation for me. As I have also been involved in poetry I recognized that words have different meanings based upon the context of the reader’s experiences. This is no less true in the visual arts. You are looking at my thoughts, feelings or maybe lack thereof. You may not relate to my mixture of colors and contours but if you relate to your own experiences—mission accomplished! Even titles could have meaning and they might help you understand where I might have been during the metamorphic process.
Nature is chaotic and random, yet it is structured. Every aspen tree is different (random), grows as a clump, helter-skelter (chaotic), yet one knows it is an aspen tree rather than an elm tree due to its structure. Nature can also be ruthless. The pixels of our daily life can be viewed, after the fact, the same way. Anyone that has read the “Seasons” books by Daniel J. Levinson (of a Man’s Life and of a Woman’s Life) will immediately understand that our chaotic existence has some universal truths, or to me, structure. My structure therefore tends to the general observation rather than the specific. Close up, my work is chaotic but hopefully its structure brings a tinge to the cheeks, a long repressed memory to the minds-eye or even beauty to a forest ruthlessly decimated by nature.
I have been fortunate to be a member of the Heritage Fine Arts Guild in Littleton, CO for several years. They accepted me with my foibles without hesitation. Participation in three consecutive “This is Colorado” juried shows as well as a national juried show at the Lincoln Gallery in Loveland, CO has been enjoyable. These are in addition to numerous exhibitions and smaller juried shows all of which gave me an extra sense of being. In all I have been fortunate to have delivered over 60 art pieces. During 2020, three different juried shows (in addition to those referenced above) have accepted my entries.
In summary, I tend to stray toward: 1) acrylic object/subject-based abstract impressionism with a muted interjection of painterly techniques; 2) abstract impressionism using alcohol ink. I hope these elements combine to stimulate contemplative absorption of the viewer’s minds-eye regardless of their experiences.
The 'Goldfinch' was painted by Carel Fabritius in 1654 . He was killed in an explosion the same year and much of his work was destroyed at the same time. The painting depicts an English goldfinch, the song bird of choice at the time, chained to a perch. It did not resurface for over 200 years after the explosion. The painting is the focal point of a Pulitzer Prize winning book by the same name by Donna Tartt and of a movie adapted from the book--also of the same name.
'Freedom Paradox' depicts an American Goldfinch flying with a broken chain. The perch is similar to that painted by Fabritius. But is the goldfinch free? The piece shows a uniform wall in the background--part of a large room! This bird is free but only to the extent it can navigate within certain confines. Thus the paradox--free (of a chain) but not free to fly away. The same can be said for many of our cultural chains: Glass ceiling, Race discrimination, Sexual bias and age based discards. Even the leader of the largest free country in the world lives in a big White House surrounded by fencing and barbed wire and can't do anything without a guard--a prison of sorts.
This piece was accepted for a Denver juried show in 2020.
As a member of the Heritage Fine Arts Guild in Littleton Co we have added ZOOM to our process so that we can meet on a regular basis. Part of some meetings is an art challenge based upon a given theme. Recently the theme was music. 'Piano Bar' was an attempt to capture the backlighting of a performing artist (piano bar was chosen as a title since not many people would go a cello bar). While painting, the song 'Sound of Silence' by Simon and Garfunkel came to mind and how to go about painting silence? A very cold day with no one venturing out--is there a noise when no one is there to hear? During that painting process I was stirred to think about the opposite of silence. In the extreme it is an explosion. But is that music? Yes--just listen to the score of Miss Saigon which includes helicopters. Helicopters and explosions took me directly the the Colorado forest fires and the beautiful sunsets coming from such destruction.
Explosion was accepted for a Littleton juried show in 2020.
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