My artwork evolves out of my passion for Modern Art History. I am drawn to, and admire most of the usual suspects; Cezanne, Matisse, Van Gogh, Hoffman, Pollack, Kline, Rothko, Krasner, O’Keefe, Frankenthaler, Motherwell, Newman, Diebenkorn. I cannot remember names of streets I drive past everyday, but I remember images of paintings I saw 10, 20, 30 years ago...
My most current work is loosely based on the "10,000 Hour Rule" and the "Blink Concept" written and talked about by Malcolm Gladwell. Having studied, practiced and taught elements of art and design concepts for more then three decades, I have the 10,000 hours necessary to design, paint, draw and create with a "Blink". A Blink is an automatic response to a feeling, an emotion, a song on the radio, a conversation, etc. As well as responding to and interpreting visual imagery of people, nature, architecture, machinery, typography, and colors on my palette.
My sketchbook is my main tool for ideas and it is my trusted guide. I rarely start a new body of work without a prior sketch and a written concept. I occasionally ''see'' in my mind what I want a painting to look like, and with good discipline I write out a plan to get there, always letting the Creative Process take its fair share of the blame for failure or praise for success.
I paint and draw both left and right handed fairly equally. I stand to paint. I move, I dance, I smile, I laugh, I sing. I pray when I paint. I breathe heavy and sweat when I paint. I work on several pieces at the same time; hence I work on series of paintings instead of "a painting". I attempt to find a flow - a rhythm. I love the fast drying qualities of acrylic paints, as fast as water evaporates, the paint is dry and ready for more paint or quickly move on to the next picture. As a mentor of mine says, "attempt to let the painting fall off the brush".
Ringling College of Art and Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1988
The University of Mississippi