To activate the picture space, excite the eyes, draw a viewer into color space, a place to contemplate. That’s what I shoot for in these color field and geometric paintings. From aqueous to hard-edged, I find a path of ease into color, where a viewer can be enveloped and hopefully affected by color vibration. I find color space a very peaceful place, and I share it with you, Viewer.
Figuration | Painting + Drawing
The first figurative pieces I made that weren’t struggles in life drawing class were on cardboard columns, fashioned after caryatids on ancient porches. I made them hiding in my attic, afraid my abstract expressionist teachers and peers would laugh at me. Now I draw figures every day, freely, happily, right out in the open. I call them “Visitations,” and truly believe somehow spirits return to their old haunts through the drawings, through my hand. A series called, Guardian Angels, has been a great source of comfort to me and to my close people who are transitioning out of this life.
Guardian Angel for Richard_1
Part of the Visitation series, the Guardian Angels are pictures of people endowed with the power to ease a loved one’s passage from this life.
Street photography has become a mainstay in my daily creative practice. I do not stage anything, adjust anything, or mess with it at all in photoshop or anything like that. I love the thrill of discovery, the world the way it is, just how I find things out there. There’s beauty everywhere. Yes, I am very insecure and embarrassed by my lack of technical skill with photography. No, I am not ashamed or insecure about what I see and not shy claiming my vision as art. Please enjoy my photographs of the world, the street, my neighborhood, just as it is. I call them, Everyday Pictures.