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I found my way to art on a personal quest to reconnect thought and action, and to pull myself, inch by inch, back toward the present. After a few classes at the local university I decided to pursue art on my own and rented a studio which I still occupy. The first decade I produced posters and prints on hand-built screenprint equipment, and I’ve also taken occasional factory jobs while the studio sat vacant. I began learning to paint on canvas board bought in bulk, emulating successive modern art movements beginning with Cezanne and was working up through various forms of cubism when I became fascinated with perception and how the world is seen.

Although I participated early on in community arts programs I found my work consistently left out of area competitions and after receiving no responses from area galleries or grant committees, I began to realize figurative art was simply not being considered at that time. This awakened in me a peculiar sense of challenge, and I decided to pursue my vision for as long as possible, anticipating an inevitable broadening of audience and a renewed appetite for the commonality and conversation embedded in figurative artwork. I decided to bide my time and be a prolific as possible, believing at least in the possibility that the work would become ‘visible’ and relevant sometime in the future, I just didn’t know when.

Since just before the pandemic I’ve been choosing older canvases to put back on the easel, applying what I’ve learned in the twenty or so years since I first painted them. As subject I generally choose a common sight, a still life or perhaps an overpass, gaining access to the viewer’s established expectations where associations are few and thresholds are low. I then alter the pattern enough to alert the attention and enter consciousness each time it’s seen. I present my work at face value.
 

I paint in layers of one pure color at a time reduced to transparency, with secondary colors mixing on the canvas back to front. Finishes are flat and waxy with an apparent surface depth and images can be expected to read well in half-light and resolve with distance.

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