In painting, I reach for an elusive quality beyond the physical properties of the materials, to something which can only be perceived intuitively. It's an unseen intangible which gives a painting "presence", making it something more than decoration or craft.
I'm drawn to surfaces and landscape aged through time, which for me often embody this sense. Ultimately I strive to create something authentic, at once sensitive and meditative, yet resonate and contemporary.
My process is a combination of instinct, intuition, and spontaneous expression filtered through years of technical training. At times I take off as much paint as I put on before arriving at something which feels interesting and true. Through this process of application and excavation, it could be said that I "find" a painting as much as I "make" it.
Each work finally emerges, sometimes after many months, with its own particular atmospheric mood. In a world increasingly dominated by facile imagery, I aim to create something with a sense of spirit in it, not mine necessarily, but perhaps something that is touched in viewer's. In the end, I hope these paintings convey something that is not so much experienced with the mind, as felt with the body... in an intimate, visceral, and contemplative way.
My life as a visual artist began with extensive work with video in the late 1970's, leading to an earlier career as a multiple Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker. His visual vocabulary deepened through those years while filming literally hundreds of thousands of images across a wide spectrum of cultures and landscapes in more than forty countries. His intensive experiences filming the textures of culture, color and landscape throughout the world have had a lasting impact on his visual sensibilities and have informed the unique visual language he has brought to his work as an abstract painter for the past twenty years.
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Bachelor of Arts, 1977