Thoughts about my work …
I was walking down the trail when I saw them, eyes peering at me from the bushes, not far away. I froze.
A figure in context reveals its nature. Living things exude mood and energy, but this presence can only be understood in relation to context. Thus, figure and ground exist in symbiotic dualism; both independent, yet one does not exist without the other. Understanding is derived from their interdependence.
My paintings are about the presence that things project into the world. Moods, especially solitude, expansiveness, and mystery underlie my recent art. It is important for my work to go beyond conventional interpretations and beliefs, to show things in ways that we do not normally see or think about them. Going beyond was how I survived the eyes in the bushes.
As a young boy I walked away from home, into the Arizona desert. I never came back. My journey took me through countless miles of brush, cacti, and rock. I treasure hunted in abandoned mines and caves. Visited with an old-time cowboy. Discovered unknown petroglyphs. Been surrounded by coyotes, javelina, and hundreds of bats. Ate cactus and agave fruits. Inhaled the fragrance of creosote after rain. Talked to snakes, mice, and a mountain lion (the eyes). I became sensitive to the presence of living things, the mood and energy they project into the world.
I was born In Wisconsin, spent my formative years in Tucson, Arizona, and currently live in Alamosa, Colorado. I lived, worked, and traveled abroad for eight years. My first painting award was at age 12. Since then I’ve exhibited paintings and sculptures in the USA and Germany. I paint in oil, watercolor, and digitally on my iPad. I occasionally make assemblage sculpture. I have lots of education (BA in Wildlife Biology, MFA in Painting, PhD in Psychology). I’ve made a life and career blending my love of wild places, creativity, and psychology.