WELCOME if you love art, you will love my website. I work in all media and create works of art in a distinct series of related by style and iconography. Underpinning all of my work is drawing--it all starts with the pencil. Even ideas for photographs and digital prints are sketched out. Each series stands by itself Wash Drawings, Botanical Forms, Digital Prints, Photographs, Miniatures.
As for my focus on botanical forms in Southwest Florida, these are wonders that compel fascination. I admit to careful study of botanical sources but l am not a Botanist--Botany is a science. Rather, I choose a subject, make drawings, take photographs and observe its response to i environment, placement, water, light, soil. Some plants are unlucky, others, breathe great growth into their lives by an accident of Nature.
When I select a subject, I re-compose its attributes in a way harmonious, even surprising, to the viewer. This is in the way of following a logical perfection of the components in relation to each other and the viewer. Most of my work does not represent quiet scenes, they demand viewer participation. I do this by way of shapes, placement, color and a variety of techniques. For example, by using shallow planes, I frequently push subjects into the viewers space. My abstractions from realistic subjects can also be highly stylized to give a certain effect.
Once a form enters the composition I seek a harmonious, almost inevitable development of the interrelationships of the pieces. The viewer cannot see one part without viewing the whole. This my search formal perfection. The visual interpretation of these forms throughout the composition--they tumble, are juxtaposed, overwhelm--is intended to lead to a new understanding, appreciation for the subject.
Many of the botanical sources are anthropomorphized which is why many of my Collectors develop a relationship with a painting--its friendly, amusing, interesting and strikes a certain emotional chord as it changes with the light. You look forward to seeing the composition, love it, depend on it and eventually will hear the sounds of the rhythms, the humming and sometimes the music. The painting should talk to you in a metaphysical way that is pleasing.
The drawings of the Pitch Apple Tree show a mystification with the unorthodox growth of this non-aggressive specimen.
The miniatures are private, personal this is a view of the subject that no one else has seen. It is a special detail or angle of a subject that speaks to you in quiet moments.
The digital prints were published in a book Digital Prints Intimate Whispers, Blurb.com, 2009, 78pp, which included images on canvas and paper. Sources were floral and botanical subjects organized in chapters on A. Royal Collection B. Dew Drop Collection
c. Cinderella Collection and the D. Purple Passion. Collection. All are beautifully framed.
The bird photographs have been held up by the editing of a book entitled Some Wading Birds in Southwest Florida. Coming soon
Also. Look Out for the new series of Pencils