Size: 36"W x 36"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2016
Ready to Hang
"Brave the Storm"... This painting shouldn't really need much explanation, yet I'll give it a go. I was heading down a highway once, getting later in the day, seemed like a pretty average drive along this stretch of road. Although I started to notice a grey vertical wall as I was driving south back into Colorado. It was a massively nasty looking storm, yet quite gorgeous at the same time. As I continued to drive south the sun disappeared, the wall of grey completely devoured the landscape, and it got incredibly cold, incredibly fast. Shortly afterwards visibility crept close to nothing so I pulled off the highway and parked on the shoulder. Within seconds a wall of hail screamed through the fog and across the plains toward the highway. As soon as it hit the vehicle, the noise was unbearable, I covered my ears and pulled my stalking cap over my face, figured at any second the windows were going to blow. After several minutes the hail slowed, and the storm began to pass. The windows remained, yet multiples sides of the vehicle were littered with large dents. So, naturally I thanked the heavens above and started driving again. This experience was so profound, I had to re-create my experience, well because that's what I do.
I stumbled into painting some would say late in life, yet I had always searched for a positive way to express myself, however fleeting. Painting rapidly became an obsession as I soon realized that what I had been looking for wasn’t at all what I was expecting. This creative means of expression didn’t have to be beautiful and it certainly didn’t have to make sense. It was most often spontaneous, surreal, and subconscious. This style of painting as I now understand it has been vividly explored and technically termed as Abstract Expressionism. However, painting in the moment is whatever I need it to be, regardless of the term. I do not feel the need to follow any artistic rules or format as this would cross grain dramatically with what I am trying to accomplish with my art.