traditionally scrolls were vehicles for displaying calligraphy and painting, capturing a feeling of nature or an idea, to be hung against a wall to set a mood, and to be changed often to match an occasion or season. they are lightweight, flexible and easily rolled for storage. my reinvention of japanese kakejiku (hung scrolls) are in modern materials: acrylic, graphite & ink on synthetic material similar in appearance to traditional rice paper, but stronger, waterproof and tear-resistant. framed, i.e., hung on two anodized aluminium rods, along the top and bottom edges. it hangs by a single common nail, and it is delivered rolled. as with their traditional counterparts, my themes are similarly of feelings and memory. like visiting my father in rural maine, with the moon over the islands, pointed firs and rocks along the shore, foamy waves on the surface. hedgerows abloom with wild roses swaying in the leeward breeze. a late morning haze, beneath the waves, what does the lobster dream?
i've been exploring colors, ideas, textures, themes of japanese art since my childhood there, and been merging it with my education of modern, western, abstract aesthetics. i majored in industrial design at the rhode island school of design, where the risd approach to all aspects of "the arts" is a major influence. the other major influence was growing up with a mother who teaches painting.