The visual forms constructing our material world affect me emotionally, and give me a strong desire to capture them on canvas. Although all the disciplines of color, composition, design, drawing, expression and more are necessary for creating impactful fine art, my interest bends toward the shapes and lighting of objects. The visual world consists of shapes defined by light. Shapes express the poetic nature of the material, such as steel, wood, mist, fluid, and more. And light defines its soul. As an artist, I’m excited to capture on canvas the statements our world projects on us. I want my paintings to emit though oil paint the same emotions we experience in reality. And I believe this can be done by capturing the abstract quality of a motif. Abstract shapes are the inherent genetic code of material objects. Shapes arranged together create objects we can all commonly identify. Shapes convey meaning in form. John Singer Sargent was especially adept at accomplishing that.
Light creates mood and releases color. The artistic expression of mood in my paintings emerges as my canvas comes to life. To witness a city at dusk or a boat gently rocking on water or the folds of drapery—all these image forms speak to me through their own distinct personality traits of soft, hard, textured, fluid, rigid, porous, clear, opaque, sensuous, curvy, blocky and more. And all of these traits define our visual planet as we know it. So, as an artist, depicting visual images on canvas is my way of giving poetic expression to the visual phenomena inhabiting our material world.