I’m working with the figure in my most recent paintings. I use the figure as the “structure” onto which I paint the painting. While the figure is important, because it holds the focus and emotional energy, the painting is also about the color and line and the way the paint is handled. I’m looking for the marriage of abstraction and representation and in so doing reveal the poetry of process.
Developing this classic subject using line, color, composition, etc. as raw abstract elements creates an excitement with a powerful expressive presence. Abandoning myself to the needs and demands of the painting I create the piece brush stroke by brush stroke not knowing how it will look until it’s done. What I like about this is the “wildness” expressed in painting this way.
Academy of Art University, 1975
The Art Students League of New York, 1980