Several years ago I came upon a statement by a famous artist that reminded me so much about myself.
“I foresee it and yet I hardly ever carry it out as I foresee it. It transforms itself by the actual paint. I don’t in fact know very often what the paint will do, and it does many things which are much better than I could make it do.” -Francis Bacon, 1963
His words struck me, for so often I experienced the same transformation as I worked through a painting. Rarely do they end up as perceived, because a painting will dictate it’s own direction if we allow it to happen.
This is my 12th season with Edgewood Orchard Galleries that I am very proud to be a part of. But along with that comes a challenge and responsibility to consistently present new works of equal quality or better, and that has always been my goal.
My wife Lois and I would like to express our gratitude to so many of you who have purchased my work over these 12 years and I hope you enjoy this new group of works as much as I loved painting them.
Sunlight, which illuminates, casts shadows, and sets a mood captures my attention. Movement and rituals of birds and animals fascinate me. Details and textures of habitats and settings add to my desire to record and depict a moment in time.
In my paintings I try to capture that moment and essence, which will never be the same. I strive to portray the unique characteristics of each subject that I paint.
When the opportunity arises I find joy in adding small, subtle, personal symbols of life into areas of my paintings, which may or may not be noticed by an observer of my work.
It is my hope is that the viewers of my art gain a deeper sense of appreciation and sensitivity to our natural surroundings, and hopefully be compelled to examine more closely their own natural environments.
The Midwest is close to my heart; after all, it’s the place where I’ve lived all my life. The heartland of this country possesses such uncomplicated and straightforward beauty. This simplicity of the these ever changing vistas resonates with me the way music does.
Beginning a painting from the initial inspiration is one thing, but to carry that inspiration through an evolution of risk and change is quite another. I must work until that painting stands alone and finally has something to say.
Taking “cues” from nature, my color choices have become intuitive, a subconscious response to what I see – true too for my studio work, where there is more latitude for experimentation and invention. I want to layer the painting with interest so a viewer can relate to the time and place, color relationships, abstraction, and brush work, and see this as the largest statement possible contributing to the ongoing discourse of contemporary painting. I paint with an orchestration of form and color that makes the separation between representation and abstraction nearly indistinct.
Caught up in an ever-hyper-busy-world, we seem to be drifting away from something very precious, a bond with the land that’s ages old. My hope is that my painting might somehow rekindle an interest in what wonder surrounds us every day and yet goes unnoticed.