Place in Space: America Studies, - These break into three main groups, the clouds, the South America drawings, and the North America drawings, each of which have different characteristics. All are drawn from photos taken on plane trips. The images from the United States are mostly from Southern California, the Rocky Mountain area and some new drawings from Montana. The space between the land and myself in the plane becomes as much of the subject as the land itself-. The signs of development and industrialization are an echo of the artist's hand-the hand of man on the earth; so the earth is changed by my observation of it.
Timecycle (Top of South America) 2009 pencils, acrylics, on paper- 56" x 96"
Radial Arcs (Rocky Mountains) 2010 pencils, pastels, acrylics, on paper- 56" x 96"
Widening Arc of Separate Pathways 2009 pencil, acrylics, on paper- 80" x 96"
Structural layers over South America 2011 pencils, acrylics, on paper- 90" x 56"
Everything is connected by ribbons of light (Amazon) 2010 pencil, pastel, acrylics, on paper- 58" x 120"
Seen and Unseen, i, II III 2008 pencil, acrylics, on paper- 96"x 60" ea - 96" x 180" total
Living in spatial construction 2008 pencil, acrylics, on paper- 80" x 96"
Timecycle (grand canyon area) 2008 pencil, acrylics, on paper- 80" x 96"
Expanding World 2008 pencils, acrylics, on paper- 80" x 124"
A Structure of the Present Moment 2007 acrylic and drawing mediums on paper 80" x 100"
When time replaces space with place 2012 pencil, acrylics, on paper- 80" x 96"
The air between mountains and canyons 2011pencils, pastels, acrylics, on paper- 90" x 60"
A Container for the Hills you did not build and the Valleys you did not carve (Montana Snow)
2012 pencils, acrylics, on paper- 60"" x 132"
Over (Southern California area) 2008/9 pencil, acrylics, on paper- 96" x 58"
Imaginary Constructions Ascending and Descending over Rocky Mountains
2009 pencil, caran d'arches, acrylics, on muslin- 100"" x 140"
Tracing Currents of Light (mountains near grand canyon) pencil, acrylics, on muslin- 100" x 140"
Tropopause (linear structural over San Diego) 2009 pencil, acrylics, on muslin- 100" x 140"
Passing through paths of multiple possibilities 2011 pencil, acrylics, on muslin- 70" x 100"
Cyclic disruption (quarried mountain near Salt Lake, Utah)) 2012 pencil, pastels acrylics, on raw canvas- 72" x 108"
Delineating disambiguities (Chinese Wall at Bob Marshall Wilderness) 2012 pencil, acrylics, on muslin- 90"x 120"
Many pathways when you don't know where you are going- (Montana) 2014 pencil, acrylics, on muslin- 90"x 120"
Transverse systems, structure of sound 2015 pencil, acrylics, on muslin- 75" x 96"
Re-discovering the Americas is a one of those things some us keep doing- Seeing the land, how it is used or not used, built upon or imagined to be built upon with structures and systems almost perfect and imperfect - revealing both use and misuse- land cultivated or scarred; viewing it, walking it, driving through it, flying over it, passing through- one is both there and then gone- participant and witness and absent- everything that separates us from and binds us to what we are seeing: glass, air, steel, roads, wind, weather, time, darkness and blinding sun, velocity, distance, gravity, memory, affordability of time/money, fatigue, fuel, apprehensions, hopes - business growth, livability, commerce, industry
habitat - being a stranger and having a place, alienation and community--- This is what I can see from planes or cars or buses - pressed to the window on occasional flights from New York to California,
traveling up to Oregon and Washington state, photographing and drawing trees by the side of highways or off city streets- All informed by and borrowed from elements of architecture, physics and math.
Developmental influences: Books: Woody Guthrie Bound for Glory, John Steinbeck Travels with Charlie, Albert Einstein Relativity, James Joyce, Melville, Conrad, Hawthorne, Italo Calvini Invisible Cities/Six Memos, Time-Life's American Wilderness series. Music: Van Morrison, John Adams, Phillip Glass, Olivier Messian, Hovhaness. Art: Van Gogh, American landscape painting-Frederick Church, Inness, Whistler, Cole. American Modernists-Marin, Stieglitz, Hartley Dove, O'keefe. Boccioni and Italian Futurists, Joseph Stella, Frank Stella, Ansel Adams, Abstract Expressionists-Pollock, Rothko, Still etc, Twombly, Morris Louis and Washington color school.
I have always drawn and was taught to oil paint by my paternal
grandfather when I was 7 or 8. I received professional art instruction from
age 11up to age 15 when we moved from the New York area to Northern
VA. I began making watercolors of the Potomac River area we lived in -
Developed abstract forms in landscape during college in Pittsburgh-
Continued working with both forms upon returning to Virginia.
Bodies of previous work-
Days Paintings- 1991-1994 PA-Ohio
Nature Mechanisms 1995 Ohio
Artificial landscapes- 1996 - early 2000s Ohio-NJ
Imaginary America/Brief History of white peoples in America 1999-2002
Cosmic Strips 2003- 2007
The Space We're In- 2007