I believe imagination and creativity are
essential for the growth and well-being of the human race. In the same way
that it’s important to put love out in the universe for it to grow, it’s
important to put out creativity and imagination. Of course, if someone
likes my work because they think it’s pretty that’s okay too.
is advanced in humans as a survival mechanism. My abstract work utilizes
this fact to attempt to stimulate imagination to create patterns or images
in the mind of the viewer. I try not to make my titles too descriptive so
as to not restrict the viewer’s imagination with my own.
In my figurative
works, I paint a lot of flowers. There’s a plein air influence because I
grow a lot of them. They are also not realistic,
by which I mean photographic,
because I have no formal training and am considered an outsider. Another
influence could be my countercultural
youth. Not only are flowers beautiful to look at, they impart a sense
of peace. Subconscious peace signs if you will.
I use a wide variety
of techniques and am constantly changing to different combinations. Since I
know that human beings have a wide range of opinions on what is interesting
and attractive I want to appeal to the widest audience.
I take specific
combinations of techniques that I like and do more of them. By rotating
between technique combinations, I keep my interest and imagination fresh. I
also don’t want to self-limit myself by confining myself to one “ism” or
another, some works are combinations.
The same principle
underlies my exhibition as a whole. I present my entire output, paintings
and ceramics, as a single body of work.
The ceramic pieces
are hand-built. The wheel, for me, feels too form-restrictive. I also
choose to leave in small “imperfections” so that it is obviously the
product of the hands and not factory made. I want the feel of something
made from the earth. I enjoy the sculptural, the abstract and the
The same principles
that influence my paintings inform my clay works. I strive to constantly
create new forms to incite the imagination.