Narratives

August 23, 2016

Wouldn’t it be great if we could refer to a set of directives, an A to Z of how to make a successful piece? If we carefully adhere to each step of the process, we will produce the ever sought-after masterpiece. Alas, making art is not quite that simple. Following a flow chart leaves out one very important element: personal intuition.

If creative works were the product of intricate plans, how would the artist ever discover what ...

June 29, 2016

I don't live on the Strip. I rarely step foot in the casinos. Yet from my art this summer, one would think I'm a high roller. Au contraire.

I take clues of geographic location and combine them with colors representing climate and culture in hopes of creating visual sense of place. This awareness of my surroundings is the fuel behind each work of art. I try to center my mind in the present, and hone in on sensory details. What I...

June 17, 2016

I find great pleasure in control. I love a good, sharp point that can make a mark exactly where I want it. I cringe when my color goes out of the lines or when my brush pens start to dry up, giving me dreaded streaks. I've always been happiest using my hands to create precisely what my mind alone can see. Vice-like grip of fingers around my pen, face hovering just above the paper, razor-focus...I'm in the zone.

With mixed media...

June 4, 2016

 

 Grisaille (pronounced griz eye) is a painting technique that dates back to the Italian Renaissance. By developing the subjects on canvas using only varying shades of grey, the artist could save his more precious pigments for the final layer. This method was generally hidden from the viewer, as it was completely covered in color at the last stage of creation.A new use of grisaille is popping up, and I must say, I like it. Tak...

May 27, 2016

While at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Holland, I read a portion of a letter written in 1886 from Vincent Van Gogh to his brother Theo. He confesses: 
"You know, Jeannin has the peony and Quost has the hollyhock, but I am in a way the one who has the sunflower." ​


This triggered my concern about repeating images (or compositions, or processes for that matter). Is it OK for an artist to identify with a style and a specific aest...

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