basic artistic impulse comes forth as Abstract
Expressionism, and is modified by a number of other
“isms” and tendencies. First, I take my
time to load my brushes, with paint made to flow.
Then I make marks with gusto. In many cases I don't
have any plan governing what I do at first. I look
at what I'm doing & the marks often start to
mean something. My imagination starts to work on
and develop the raw marks.
My vision can include a kind of image development
by free association, which was championed by the
French Surrealists. There is the need for pause and
the possibility of having and using hindsight as a
means of realizing or giving sequential meaning and
temporal development to the immediate markings.
This idea of pausing for lengths of time, to view
this work, is also quite relevant: for the artist
himself and for the work's viewers.
I appreciate intuitive contemplation, which has a
way of either dissolving, or accepting
The contemplative is a cousin of Romanticism, which
tries to be persuasive and forcefully dramatic.
This leaning toward creating a strong image may
overrule accepting the simply immediate ( which
does often come forth as something feeble or clumsy
) or spontaneous activity in the here-and-now.
Bringing all these preferences to the creation of
fresh-looking art suggests the kind of struggles
that come up as I go through the motions. This can
lead to complex art. Sometimes the result is fun or
boisterous, other times it can be obscure or
muddled. Whatever you think you're seeing at first
will usually be replaced or modified as you
continue looking later on.
Like most artists, I wish for and design work that
should capture one's attention at first sight. The
question is whether one is persuaded to continue
studying the work for a considerable time
afterward. Is one able to experience new sensations
and meanings unfolding as the viewing continues
into the future?"