I’ve been preoccupied with the contradictory nature of my work as of late. Contradiction in the formal elements–line, color and shapes—is where I feel the notion of rhythm is present. I think of these pieces as abstract landscapes, with serious narrative considerations that belie the playfulness of the formalist elements.
Rhythm is a requisite element to my creative process. While working, I am in a state of conscious no-mind—one in which most thoughts exit the scene and an intuitive state takes over. Decisions come from this inner place almost instinctively. I keep an inner dialogue with the painting as I work, creating a story between the elements, which I hope is visible to the viewer.
It has been said that the painter’s goal is to capture a time, a feeling, or a place, and freeze it. However, rhythm necessarily suggests movement. So the great challenge for the artist is to create this movement with a grouping of elements that do not move.
1. Methuselah’s Shimmy, 2012. Acrylic on canvas 26″ X 53″ ( 66 cm x 134 cm)
2. Proposal for New Prison Uniforms at Maricopa County Jailhouse, 2012. Acrylic on canvas 54” X 74” (137 cm x 188 cm).
3. Truth Mirror, 2012. Acrylic on canvas 23.5” X 43” (60 cm x 109 cm).
4. Year of the (suburban) Dragon, 2012. Acrylic on canvas, 20” X 42.5” (51 cm x 108 cm).
5. Family Portrait (after an unusually emotional dinner), 2012. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 66” X 96” (168 cm x 244 cm)
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Painting / Maalaus
Flowing, ebbing tucking up and under, balanced but never still always alive, sometimes boisterously weak and other times softly loud, this is the essence of rhythm…harmony in motion. We are naturally drawn to it, pulled collectively by each of our senses. They open the gates to the world of rhythm, each in their own way. For visual artists the eye is our receiver. Colour and motion are our scales, undulation in harmony. Hands dirty…holding brush, pen, or computer are our instruments of production. I’m a romantic, and still play my brush and canvas-Stradivarius, but we all have our favourite instrument…let me play you a tune.
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Essay / Essee, Painting / Maalaus