I have been called a romantic memory artist. My work is in pursuit of what inspires me. My technique is informed by my years in the film industry as an art director: interpreting narrative into visual form, establishing atmosphere, mood and presence. By applying this awareness to painting I imply a gestalt that moves a story forward. I have recurring themes that occupy me, some whimsical, some serious.
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Just as there are eight intervals in an octave so there are limited number of ways a mother can hold a baby and if I were to paint a mother and child I would invariably be referencing previous paintings since every permutation of mother and child must have been done but what will make mine unique is the expression in the context of my narrative.
There is no visible demonstrable truth that is unveiled when a surface is distressed and a patina released, when the line is blurred to invisibility challenging the viewer to perform reconstructive surgery. The satisfaction of putting something together that came apart a long time ago can be cathartic. A process that allows the viewer to listen to a painting, to indulge the evocation and carry it away with them when they leave. The content being the subject matter presents a freeze frame of a story through which the viewer can go forward or backward to release the story from the present. A pleasant picture is ultimately satisfying.
‘Word and image like masculine and feminine are complementary opposites. When a culture elevates the written word at the expense of the image, patriarchy dominates. When the importance of the image supersedes the written word, feminine values and egalitarianism flourish.” – Leonard Shlain; The Alphabet versus the Goddess