Each of us is the protagonist of our own mythology. As our individual odysseys unfold, most attempt to contribute to the greater good according to their own nature. It is my nature to be an abstract expressionist artist. In the course of my odyssey, I explore my spiritual connection with the essence of existence through visual experiences of the landscapeness of the essence of pure, intuitive, creative processes.
All paintings are landscapes in that they are deposits of paint in varying strata across a picture plane. Upon a surface often thick with textures and collages, the nonobjective, abstract imagery of my paintings explore the colors of natural phenomena to create the semblance of geological formations applied across the landscape of the painting. The choices of colors, media, textures, if not already applied, and other design decisions are inspired by sentiments drawn from my odyssey through a lifetime of eclectic studies in Philosophy, Mythology and Eastern Religions, especially Buddhism of which I am an adherent.
I do no prior creative decision making about neither subject/object nor imagery to be illustrated in the paintings. I never make finished preliminary studies of where I want a painting to end before beginning. Other than assembling a few colors and tools close at hand to select from, I begin with an intense concentration upon the blank surface for a suggestion of what the painting wants me to do and how it wants me to do it. Then the “conversation” begins.
The non-objective, spontaneous immediacy of abstract expressionist methods are the visual language I choose for my “conversations” with my paintings. Each painting is about spontaneous responses to what develops within the boundaries of the painting, upon the landscapeness of the picture plane. My gestures are forceful assaults mostly in direct contact with the painting surface.
The lively conversation progresses through instantaneous creative choices developing the imagery of the composition-no-composition until, finally, the conversation concludes and the painting tells me there is nothing more to do. Each painting is as different as the subject matter of the conversation. Every painting is an exciting, mysterious visual experience from the pure, intuitive essence of the creative process. I never know where each conversation will lead me.
In Christmas Humphreys’ book THE BUDDHIST WAY, the word “jijimuge,” a doctrine in the Japanese Kegon School of Buddhism, is defined as “the unimpeded interdiffusion of all particulars.” If my paintings reveal anything to viewers, I would want it to be an understanding of what “jijimuge” means in the universe around us.
Born in Marietta, Georgia, I grew up and spent most of my youth in Fort Worth, Texas, my parent’s hometown. After three years of active duty in the US Army with a one year deployment to Vietnam, I completed my BA-Art in 1970. In 1971, I was one of eleven artists from around the world to be accepted into the Graduate Printmaking Program at the San Francisco Art Institute where I earned my MFA – Printmaking in 1973.
After a 40 year career in Advertising/Graphic Design/Illustration, I retired and moved to Austin, Texas. I am painting full-time in my studio creating the most mature artworks of my fine arts career.
My artworks have been represented in national competitions and invitational exhibitions juried by international artists including Philip Pearlstein, Gabor Peterdi and Wolf Kahn and are included in the permanent collections of museums and private collections throughout the United States and abroad.