THE 23rd ANNIVERSARY SHOW
Family Pictures is an exhibition of paintings based on pictures of the artist's family. Featuring candid moments from family gatherings, fishing trips, and pets, Family Pictures is a personal exhibition that is removed from the post-modern approach to art making. However, it is tied to the basic practice of painters depicting the things closest to them, a gesture that stretches to the beginning of painting.
I utilize atmosphere as a basis for all my paintings. I have always gravitated towards building the atmosphere of my work where I can select, amplify or simplify the surface. This process creates a foundation in all of my paintings. This is the environment of my work, and it is extremely vital. This process provides the forms or subjects I choose, whether it be wrought iron, birds, botanical or visual icons, a place to coexist. The subject matter of images I select is usually both philosophical and full of visual sentiment. Manipulated and layered my work shares personal experiences, both real and fictitious, and are presented in revelry of nature that carries a whimsical fascination of otherworldly places. I work from a self-generated fictitious storybook called “A Painter’s Diary” where I create chapters of work as opposed to series of work. Each chapter has a title and holds a theme. The storybook and the paintings are filled with imaginative and suggested experiences. My creative process used on my paintings involves continual change moving through layers of color and medium. This process evolves into an expression of translucent organic form, accompanied with delicate structure.