Artist Journal #27

7/23/15 “Deceptive Clarity” The surface lends itself to chaos. It was made for this abuse, this obstruction, this abrasion. It presented itself as a possibility, as an open palette for receiving energy. It received my energy. My energy comes out in waves of frustration and anger. I feel angry at what the world refuses to… Continue reading Artist Journal #27

Artist Journal #26

7/2/15 < Sheets > It’s about the fabric, its history, the palette it offers in color. Three larger paintings, stretched unevenly so that the edges of the wood shows. One pink, one green, one blue. < Paper > It’s about the shapes, the isolation of the space, the illusion of atmospheric relations. the final layers… Continue reading Artist Journal #26

Artist Journal #25

  “Beneath the Stones” 3/20/15 It started like the painting on postcards series – with a surface previously existing. The piece was an unsuccessful abstract work, or maybe the work of a desist, under-valued artist. Either way, the work ended up at Goodwill, and I was inspired by it’s pre-existing marks. The palette was simple,… Continue reading Artist Journal #25

Artist Journal #24

1/26/15 How easy it is to write when posture and clarity are the main objectives. Sometimes I wonder why I no longer aimlessly write, then I remember it’s because I don’t force myself to do so. Life is easy when a college professor gives you assignments and deadlines. When you are your own manager and… Continue reading Artist Journal #24

Artist Journal #23

3/11/15 I had a break-through moment in the studio with this painting, which for a while I couldn’t quite crack the code for what it needed to be complete. I have succeeded in creating a single, larger shape, floating on a white surface; surface tension. It both sinks into the fabric beneath the history of… Continue reading Artist Journal #23

Artist Journal #22

2/26/15 MAPPING – I realize now, the works in progress and the frustration of illusionary space and physical space I was struggling to develop in the series “Everything Has Strings” is in the process of being actualized in the new burlap paintings currently in-progress in the studio. Not only do these paintings satisfy an exploration… Continue reading Artist Journal #22

Artist Journal #21

2/25/15 Art is an important activity of daily life. A mean for self-expression and confidence, discovery and positive creation. To make art with your hands is a positive, non-violent expression of self. Imagination and creative problem solving are imperative to everyday life experiences. Making art is a way of seeing, feeling and experiencing the world… Continue reading Artist Journal #21

Artist Journal #20

7/18/14 In the best of times and the worst of times – it’s about aggression. So much aggression welled up. My day job is all about showing nothing but pleasantness, no matter how rough life is. It’s a fucking miracle any of us ever get through all this shit. My art is all about that… Continue reading Artist Journal #20

Artist Journal #19

6/20/14 Connections. Pieces connect together to create a new non-preconceived element of visual experience. The passion of creation is unparalleled by any other experience in my life. It is my drug, my escape. On this alcohol, I can let myself go and create incredibly manic and powerful marks. The intensity of working, of painting, of… Continue reading Artist Journal #19

Artist Journal #18

“Overlapping of Perceived Shape” Concealing, overlapping, skewed, misrepresented visual information. Cake. Caked desert. Harsh desert sand and heat. Red hot heat; not blood red. Tension, outlining. Lost imagery. Created boundaries. Depth by illusion and actuality. Continuous motion. Frustrated. Dirt, dirty, dust, dusty. Entangled. I saw the shapes. They came to me in my vision. They… Continue reading Artist Journal #18