Originally drawn to art by my childhood discovery of Magritte, my inspirations have grown to include Titian, Rembrandt, Chardin, Goya, Constable, Manet, Courbet, Beckmann, Bischoff, Oliveira, Freud, and Auerbach.
I investigate through paint the textures of stone, wood, skin and muscle, as weathered by nature, man, and time. Old rocks, old friends, wood beams, and classical sculptures have wandered through my studio. I have recently become interested in the narrative implications of all representation, especially of figures in relation to others and to setting. Relationships are constantly at play, among the shapes and marks of the work, between represented objects or figures, and between artwork and viewer.
My artwork emerges from the view that “beauty is the splendor of truth.” Each piece seeks to do justice to the appeal of reality, by rendering objects or scenes that are well-seen, well-understood, and well-composed. When a painting succeeds, a feeling of the complexity and activity of the lines and marks coheres into a composed, integrated object, in both the world represented and in the world of paint.
“Beauty is the anticipation of pleasure.” My art draws energy from the tension and interplay between part and whole, between complex and clear, between medium and subject. The resulting liveliness invites the viewer to linger, explore, and return--to follow the natural curiosity of the eye and to complete the act of creative perception.