Size: 8.5"W x 10"H x 0.01"D
Year Created: 2018
… Wine, lilies, and roses; the dark sea rolling beyond the windows under a round moon; young lovers separated for half a year, joined on a knife-edge of geography between war and peace, suddenly married, far from home; isolated, making love on a broad hospitable bed, performing secret rites as old as time, but forever fresh and sweet between young lovers, the best moments human existence offers—such was their wedding night. The human predicament sometimes seems a gloomy tapestry with an indistinct, baffling deisgn that swirls around and inward to brilliant naked lovers. The Bible starts with this centerpiece. Most of the old stories end with the lovers married, retiring to their sacred nakedness. But for Byron and Natalie, their story was just beginning.
The Winds of War by Herman Wouk
My paintings serve as a means of communicating issues of personal identity and of the complexities of human experience. While painting, an intimate interaction occurs between me, the painter, and emerging figure. I investigate and portray the internal, emotional landscape of my subjects. My work is a hybrid exploration of figure painting and abstraction. In the cases where the gesture or lines of a whole body are rendered, the head reminds the focal point of representation as implied by its scale or its level of detail. While I use a variety of materials and processes in each project my methodology is consistent. They are linked by recurring formal concerns and through the subject matter. I look to the vocabulary of modern and contemporary art as inspiration. I do not plan the atheistic outcome of my artwork. I am sensitive to the demands of the painting. I go where the painting wants to go. I know when a painting is done when the painting itself can hold a conversation on its own; the colors are contrastive and there is a balance between spontaneity and control. I am deeply committed to lines and their properties. A single drawn line can express movement and gesture, and give direction and depth on a flat surface. I strive to convey these qualities in my drawings. I carry these disciplines into painting. Often times I incorporate lines into my paintings to add visual weight and to enhance the form. I often draw or paint many versions; I do this because I feel with every reinterpretation the work becomes stronger and the elements become purer.