If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
a professional artist. My work is represented in Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia, PA and Coda Gallery in New York City.
About my artwork
Travel in your mind back to a time as a child when you were in the wilderness: backyard, vacant lot, roadside, field, or forest. Remember how the world looked as you crawled through the grass, each individual blade becoming a towering tree, rocks transformed into mountains. Visualize looking through the brambles and thickets of your backyard and feeling the enormity of that space juxtaposed with the closeness of the surrounding branches. See a field, feel the openness of the air and the closeness of the warm ground beneath, expanding and contracting the space at the same time. These sensations are at the heart of my work.
Through painting I explore the idea of what wilderness feels like. Seldom do we slow down or use our senses fully enough to really experience nature. Take a stroll into these paintings, feel the color with your hands, breathe in the rich vividness. Journey slowly, letting the leaves brush against your body, notice the fragrance of purple flowers underfoot. Revel in the freshness of spring and celebrate the crispness of autumn. Dance with the trees as they stretch through the space, winding like ribbons in the wind.
Through use of color and line I attempt to depict not just images or scenes of nature but rather evoke feelings and emotion of a place. My mark making and palette is combined with layering, glazing, and a scratching away of the paint. What emerges is a portrait of a place over time. Light in the work is oftentimes multidirectional and the space is at once open and airy, then close and confining. Contrast is often present at times, yet space is sometimes seen through use of color alone. The overall effect is akin to a voyage through and into a place, not just a peek at or a visit to nature.
Whether I am painting large or tiny, I seek to create intimate worlds with a feeling of immensity. This vastness doesn?t necessarily manifest itself in the form of deep space, but rather a feeling of expansion inside oneself when looking at the work.
Landscape, wilderness, and the outdoors are spiritually and emotionally important to all of us. As children we know this inherently. I want to speak to that child in the viewer, and help them recapture a sense of the mystery, anxiousness, excitement and magic felt when outdoors.
Artists I like
Van Gogh, Joan Mitchell, Rothko, Eric Aho, Nell Blaine, Cezanne, Gaugain, Ricardo Mazul, etc....
I will be teaching a four day workshop at Great River Arts Institute in Bellows Falls this April. The workshop will entail gathering information from the landscape for two days, followed by making monoprints from our studies. The emphasis will be on going beyond what we see.