#550 Acrylic on Canvas 93 1/2" x 42" 2009

#550 Acrylic on Canvas 93 1/2" x 42" 2009

You mention in your artist statement that you are interested in the”visual dialogue” between art history, the current avant garde and the art itself. Can you elaborate on these relationships?

Art is connected in many ways. Studying Art History provides an understanding of what has been explored in the past and what artists have chosen to communicate within a particular time period. A work of art does not exist in a vacuum. Even the most current art has a connection to past works of art; it is part of a continuum.

There have been artists who have tried to erase the connection of themselves to their work or any reference to the history of art, but a person can never escape one’s own unique self –  what they have seen or experienced. The visual “language” of art has many different executions. Studying art history allows an artist to see the different visual vocabularies, and put into perspective how they have evolved. The “isms”: realism, impressionism, fauvism, pointillism, cubism, surrealism, minimalism, etc., are visual “languages” that need to be understood in context. The broader the visual vocabulary, the more an artist can use it to communicate contemporaneously from within him or herself.

The current avant-garde is also relevant. We live in an age of “re-mix”. The internet and other technologies available today allow artists to see and use more elements in the creation of their art than ever before. Being aware of what other contemporary artists are creating broadens an artist’s visual vocabulary. Artists are making art right now, in this time period. Not art of fifty, a hundred, or hundreds of years ago.

Art is a process. Sometimes it speaks very softly, other times it is extremely clear. Mistakes and happy discoveries are all part of the process. Creation of art has a beginning, middle, and end.

What artists have influenced you?

Many different artists for different reasons come to mind: Di Vinci’s drawing and inventions, Caravaggio’s sense of light and dark, and Van Gogh’s power of putting down what he felt and saw. I admire Rothko’s ability to express a mood, Toulouse Lautrecs color and storytelling, Kandinsky’s compositions, and Olitski’s use of color and space. I cannot discount the influences of Deibenkorn’s color palette, Jasper Johns’ use of metaphor and multi-meanings, Rauschenberg’s use of collage and found objects, David Reed’s gestural brushstrokes, David Row’s texture, Sam Francis’ edge paintings,  de Kooning’s gestural abstracts, and Pollock’s use of overall line.

How long have you been an artist?

I started when I was very young. I was drawing and creating art as a child. I received my Bachelor’s of Arts in fine art and commercial art from North Texas State University. I have been a commercial artist and creative director in the advertising industry for over 30 years. My paintings are in private collections throughout the United States, in Scotland and  Singapore, among others. http://modmedia.net/

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