MY PAINTINGS, I am surprised that this is what is coming out of me when I bring paint to canvas. I have been doing classical charcoal figure drawing for about 25 years and consider it the basic workout for me to keep my formal skills and ability to see tuned up. Of course I have been making pots for over thirty years as my full time profession and passion. The paintings are a cross between the volumes I have been considering in my vessel making and the classical drawings in terms of the forms and lines. The narrative is not as easy to explain. I will do my best...
Each one is a portrait of a being with its mouth open, a monster in mid-sentence. All of us in our different roles, a monster in mid-sentence. They are not intended to be cute or sarcastic or frightening or cynical, but when I sit back and look at the finished paintings they certainly are all of those things. It surprises me because my intention is to create portraits of an idea or a feeling, such as asking myself, "what is the difference between a carnivore and a vegetarian," or "what would a door-to-door salesman look like if their essence was revealed."
It is my sincere hope that these paintings inspire joy, laughter and an appreciation of the monsters within.
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Prints are available, 8 x 11", $125
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