Size: 12"W x 24"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
I love the physicality of paint and the poetry of color.
My art influences can be traced to Vrubel who influenced Kandinsky, to Chagall and the stained glass windows I saw in the gothic cathedrals of Germany, to the flat color geometry of Stella in the 80s, to the shimmering color fields of Rothko, the quietness of Newman, the bold black and white gestures of Kline, and the works of many, many colorists.
As a young artist I experienced and responded to the original work I had access to in the many galleries that used to line 57th Street in New York, and in the exhibitions in the early 80s at MOMA, the Guggenheim, the Whitney and the Met: the sculptures of de St Phalle, the contradiction of exactness and whimsy of Klee, the romance of Redon's pastels (a favorite medium of mine for many years), the lush paint and color of Renoir, the patterns, shapes and brilliant colors of Matisse, and the mastery and intricacies of Cezanne's landscapes. It really was an amazing time to be in NY, where on my way to or from the Art Students League, I could pop into any number of galleries, stacked one above the other along 57th street, get off an elevator and be standing alone surrounded by Rothko's large, stunning color fields and one shop over see Renoir and Picasso's paintings right there, free to view inside or in the window. Can you imagine what flowed into the eyes and hearts of those of us lucky enough to be there then?
When the paint moves across the painting surface I am responding to dark and light, smoothness and texture, yellow and orange and magenta and blue and white...and something within me that is like a tuning fork listening and looking for the color to resonate with me. In many ways, painting is a moving meditation where, instead of sitting still and focusing on the breath, the focus is the movement of the pigment across its surface and the traces it leaves behind. Then the poetry emerges from the colors and textures. If you spend some time with my paintings maybe you will find your own poem resonating within you. That's precious.
Exhibited on the east and west coast of the US in group, two person and solo shows. My last solo show was Critic's Choice in The Oregonian. My work is held in collections worldwide including the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, Philippines, Poland, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.