Artist Statement

Much like everyone else, I am still trying to figure things out. Here are some thoughts from 2014:
- It is becoming more clear to me that the source of power in art is spiritual.
- Academic grounding in the basic principles of art is vital. As the artist, this is our first responsibility toward making a painting work.
- For artists like me who are not overly spiritual, the studio becomes a theatre of war between the academic and the intangible.
- When the academic side prevails, the work is pedestrian, mundane, and colors go dead.
- Good work begins with a belief that there is more to art than flawless rendering.
- My best work explores chance. When the brush is over-loaded with uncontrollable lumps of paint and color, it creates just enough space (and faith) for the attending fates to do their part.