More than documentary (as in photography), my aim in making art in oil paint is to create a poetic visual statement, to give expression to the commonplace. And it begins with looking deeply into the abstract shapes inherent in virtually every visual object. Shapes speak. They communicate meaning through their surface structure. To journey deep into their significance is to bring back their meaning in the form of visual representation. The images I paint are varied, and that’s because shapes are found in all things: man made objects, such as boats, or people (especially), or natural forms— everything has an innate character that describes its nature, its personality.
When I depict a visual object on canvas, I feel the tactile quality of its makeup. Soft, hard, textured, fluid, rigid, porous, clear, opaque, sensuous, curvy, blocky… each object in our material world has a character unique to itself. The excitement as an artist is to find shapes in objects that resonate with me. When shapes create a composite, such as the curvature of human form, or structural arrangement of city buildings, or contours of sand dunes, I respond to their descriptives as “personality”. And by giving expression to the personality of visual phenomena, I feel I am giving poetic voice to a world we encounter everyday.