Thursday, December 4, 2014
We are surrounded by systems. Some of these systems function to a degree of order and others to a degree of disorder. There seems to be a randomness as to why one operates as it should while others fail. There is a lack of predictability to it all.
As a young man, I went to an art school without any preconceived ideas and it exceeded any expectations I could have ever imagined. I was introduced to amazing artists who were confident and willing to share the knowledge they had acquired along their journey. They became life long mentors.
A few years later, I went to graduate school. With the previous experience I had expectations as to what art school was "supposed to be." I was shocked at what I was confronted with. Professors full of excuses, limited experience, apathy, and suspicion. It was a disappointment to say the least.
Why did one function so well, while the other failed? This painting was a reflection on those experiences. Entropy, 40"x 46", oil on canvas.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Rite of Passage. Life is full of many "starts and stops." We often compare our successes or failures to those who are taking a journey at the same time as we are. To not fall into that type of thinking pattern is very difficult in our culture. I thought about the competitive nature of our society and the feelings that arise when we are about to start a race at the same time as other people, as I painted this piece. The people I really admire, are the ones that are able to look past comparisons and focus on bettering themselves without having to be better than those around them.
So it Begins, Oil on Canvas, 36"x 48". Available at Terzian Galleries.
Monday, November 17, 2014
This painting references back to early adolescence. I was a small kid. As a ninth grader I was often confused with seventh graders, which never felt good. In a photography class I was getting teased for being so short, one kid named Phil Hansen said, "I bet you can't even jump and touch the fire sprinkler on the ceiling." Well I wasn't going to walk away from a dare, so I took two steps and to the surprise of the crowd I jumped and touched the sprinkler hanging down from the 9 1/2 foot ceiling. I had impressed my classmates, but unknowingly set off the fire alarm. I ended up in the Vice Principal's office and she gave me 10 hours detention, which was basically cleaning up trash for two hours after school for a week. Strangely, as I look back, I don't remember any of the punishment, but I will never forget the expression on Phil Hansen's face after proving him wrong.
Silence the Doubters, Oil on Canvas, 40"x40". Sold at Terzian Gallery.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Lately I have been think about how everything in life can be seen from various perspectives. Living in a country where people often confuse their opinion with truth, we see ongoing debates about "how things should be." When I am painting I often listen to the news. I enjoy listening to both sides of the aisle to see how they choose to spin their versions of the "headlines."
These two paintings have been a personal meditation exercise. One is the vantage point of looking into a riot and the other is looking out. One feels of fire, the other feels like ice. I have noticed that as we look at any one issue, most people want to take a side and "make it right." The next thing I noticed is that people will do almost anything to validate their perspective. What often gets lost in all this nonsense is people losing sight of what is important. They are so focused on "who is is right", and lose sight of "what is right."
Both paintings are oil on canvas and 30"x 40".