Will the Snake Return to the Garden

Blog for September 2017   I have always been a lover of flora and fauna. My mother gave me a small spot to dig in the dirt and make a garden of my own when I was just a child of six. The highlight of the rock garden was a beautiful plant, Joseph’s Coat (Alternanthera)…
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The Practice of Sketchbook Keeping

Recently we had a little flood in our basement. A forced cleansing of sorts, I had to go through my personal boxes stored there including old letters, yearbooks, a baby book compiled by my mother, photos as a child, you get the idea. I also had many boxes of things I moved from my art…
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A Searching Through Minimalism

Recently I had a studio visit with friend and artist Nathan Foxton. It is interesting how in our process of making art, we sometimes can become blind to the ongoing search that keeps revealing itself in our work to others and yet escapes us. I am referring to the constantly reoccurring horizontal bands in my paintings.…
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When I was an undergraduate at Indiana University, a painting professor Barry Gealt, was exceptional at teaching compositional structure. He would bring in books of artists that he clearly loved, including Johannes Vermeer, Milton Avery, and Giorgio Morandi. At first glance, Morandi’s paintings and drawings seemed to have nothing to them. Simple lines gesturing place and space in a way I had never seen before. I got the composition passion in those classes with Barry looking at his books and I have loved Morandi’s artwork ever since.

He spent his whole life painting the same bottles and jars in a dusty studio in Italy. His attention to space, abstracted in seemingly simple compositions, have been the inspiration for my paintings. I sometimes feel like am one of Morandi's children.

Still Life 1960

Morandi, Still Life, 1960.