Artist Statement Submitted 2014
Each of my pictures is a representation as an abstract metaphor. I was raised by an abstract expressionist and even while becoming a painter of things I have gravitated toward an aesthetic allowing for the introduction of the picture as a natural object in its own right rather than a description of nature. Significance found in the course of painting the picture is significance drawn from memory, from upbringing and shaping by others, from a place and a set of manners and morality worked out in a non-objective methodology. Like abstract thinking, perhaps in a daze. Like a murmuration, a pattern slowly rises to the surface and makes itself apparent; the thing left in and thought to be unimportant becomes the passage that anchors the entire piece. The color quality worked out with difficulty becomes the light quality suddenly remembered.
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