Painting is a personal battleground, a composition process of revealing the complexity of oneself. The artist cannot separate their passions from the canvas. It is the core of their inspiration-the surrogate therapist.
Figurative abstract painting is a process of stripping away the veils of the external to expose the soul. This unveiling process is accomplished through stratum brushwork, the layering of color until a slow realization of the image emerges. The laboriously intense scraping and slashing of brushstrokes ultimately isolates the solitary figure in a transitional movement.
With my dancer paintings, the movements of dance are successive brushstrokes from the color palette. The passion radiated to the audience is expressed by the depth and intensity of each stroke. The integrating of color represents each transitional passage formed by the motion of each successive step. My intent is to blur the sequence between positioning and transitioning the demands of a well executed dance sequence.
Neo-Formalism is a contemporary articulation of the human figure incorporating 20th century introduced design and form elements including abstract color fields, textile and fiber materials and industrial polyurethane resigns.
The formative roots and influences originate from a synthesis of the San Francisco Bay Area Figurative movement of the late 1950's and early 1960's and its preceding East Coast based Abstract Expressionism and nonobjective school of painting.
This altered three-dimensional visage is a fusion of:
1) Constructing the figurative model from an inward-outward perspective as opposed to the lost wax casting method of exterior mold-interior pour
2) Integrating abstractive color field principles to accentuate skin depth, muscle tone and the inherent tensions of figure shadowing
The finished objective is a full human figure lacking a traditional smooth skin finish and pigment coloration, yet still maintaining recognizable features. The industrial resin surface casting makes the finished work durable and resilient despite its light weight.
Aside from the creative challenge that taunts every artist when they stare at each fresh canvas, pile of steel or lump of clay, the ultimate reward is measured from within us. Our medium evolves by mastering and overcoming creative inertia and making a unique statement, no matter how many predecessors have pursued the same objective. Each painting, sculpture, photographic image and digital design is the result of a process built on training, experience and intuition. From the vantage point of an artist, this is what distinguishes our work. Artwork is a direct extension form of the artist, therefore an intimately exposed aspect of our personality....