I consider myself an abstract expressionist painter. As such, I am fascinated by the interplay between chance and purpose. I believe that, in my field of endeavor, the most vibrant art is created when the conscious brain and the hand that facilitates the unconscious are a single step out of phase. If one is way ahead or behind the other, the painting is either stilted or chaotic. This simple view drives my artistic process.
I am interested in what lies inside, what would we see if capable of having x-ray vision. The luminosity of watercolors is a great way to bring the world inside to the forefront. The medium also provides an ideal vehicle for mixing controlled brushstrokes with the effects of chance.
I am fascinated by yet another aspect of watercolors: the ability to change a “finished” work with the mere addition of water. This offers a platform for multiple layers of meaning and complexity. As I paint I continually imagine what compositional changes might be brought in, creating a tension between what is, what might be, and what may have been that, in my view, adds meaning to the final product.
I wish to bring to viewers the excitement I feel when painting.
In late 2018 I retired from a 29-year, very enjoyable career in the financial industry; going through with the decision to retire was not easy.
I knew that I wanted to spend part of my retirement on an artistic endeavor. I have been attracted to paintings all my life, so it wasn’t very surprising that I chose the visual arts as my creative outlet.
Whether it was an inspired option or pure luck, I needn’t have worried
about missing work. I feel as invigorated as I have ever been. I can hardly wait to get to my studio every morning, where I can spend my time in a world all of my creation.
I find the possibility that one of my paintings will elicit a strong emotional response from its viewers much more compelling than the fulfillment I enjoyed in my previous professional life.