Artist's statement

I have been an artist all my life, and have been selling my art in galleries  for 40 years. I could no more stop being an artist, than I could stop breathing.

I am not at all interested in depicting a perfect likeness of nature because I feel in realism there are no surprises. I did that many years ago, and find no challenge there. What you see is always the same, whereas, in non-objective and abstract work, there are, hopefully, new things to discover all the time. I want to interpret what I see, by the use of design, color, texture, contrast and composition. I am very interested in the creative process and how we go through it.

I would like my work to be an escape by combining the abstract and non-objective with shapes found in nature.  The viewer should feel a color impact at first sight, and then find compositional variables, depth and subtleties upon further observation.  Curvilinear qualities are also evident in my work, due largely, to years of calligraphic work. 

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I create with what I call my three C’s: color, composition, and contrast.  I believe a good work of art needs all three. 

I usually have coloration in mind, but not a subject matter. When I begin a painting, I rarely draw anything on the paper.  I don’t want to be limited by  pre-set ideas.  Some of my work ends up completely different than it started. It can  go through several metamorphoses before I am happy with it.

For the last several years I’ve been adding various media to my work.  I use watercolor, gouache, fluid acrylic, inks (colored and India), watercolor pencils, craft paints and  metallic powders.  I find the plethora of acrylic products that are on the market to be very exciting and challenging.  There are products that produce textures: crackles, stringy, thick, opaque, coarse and  slick.  There are also new colors that are intense and vibrant.  I love the new Yupo paper, which is actually plastic. I find it extraordinarily exciting as it is completely unpredictable and every painting is a surprise.

Most of my work, at this point, is on Yupo.

Yupo is not paper, but synthetic polypropylene material, (basically plastic) that was designed originally for the packaging industry.  But, artist’s being what we are, found it and have been doing wonderfully colorful art.  Because it’s not paper, the paint cannot soak into it as it does with traditional water color papers, but stays on the surface.  Thus, the colors stay very bright and strong. As an added feature, the watercolor can be completely washed off, taking the Yupo back to pure white. I find this very challenging and exciting.  For a traditional watercolorist, who draws their image then paints it in, they perhaps won’t care for Yupo as you cannot control where the paint is going to go or what it’s going to do.  They often overwork it and end up with muddy colors.

Nature has always been my inspiration, but I choose to interpret it differently.  I would like the viewer to be able to go into my work, to see and feel the depth.. I hope you find that my work stirs your imagination!”

I believe all of the art that I create is a gift from God.