Independent Art Curator and Music Promoter
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Skowhegan Artist Residency, Michael Mandiberg, Aaron and Karen Carlson, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, The Rows at SoMa
My work explores relationships. Whether that is the forms and colors as they interact or the mediums used and the support they are on, it is all about connection and dissolution. Where things and people blend into each other or bend to avoid each other. Where forms are covering or scrapes reveal areas and structures. There are suggestions of landscape and humanish figures, but they are often alienlike; stand-ins for us where we live. The process and exploration are essential but so is the final outcome, the place or moment the image is left to exist.
I work at home wherever I can; a sun porch, the basement, the dining room table. I work in bursts of activity on many different kinds of supports and with whatever mediums I have available. I work on a small scale at this time due to space constraints, but envision painting barn sized paintings someday. I work in multiples and on squares more often than not.
Having been steeped in years of academia, I see where I would like to think I fit into the cannon of American painting, which is probably about six decades ago. I am happy to be a modernist, exploring ways to express ideas abstractly, but mostly in love with the paint itself.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. ~Thomas Merton
“Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” ~Neil Gaiman
”When it is working, you completely go into another place, you’re tapping into things that are totally universal, completely beyond your ego and your own self. That’s what it’s all about.” ~Keith Haring
”Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” ~Steven Pressfield
“The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” ~Robert Henri
“The reason that art (writing, engaging, and all of it) is valuable is precisely why I can’t tell you how to do it. If there were a map, there’d be no art, because art is the act of navigating without a map.” ~Seth Godin