Welcome


I am an artist, not a writer. My Intent is not to educate, enlighten or inspire but rather to clarify my motivations to myself. I find that when I write down the thoughts and reasons that I take certain paths, it helps me to avoid repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Let's face it, authentic work evolves through a series of mistakes, lessons learned and options eliminated.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Caruth


"Caruth" 29.5" x 35" polished cement and dry pigment on panel

I have be experimenting with rubbing thinned oil paint into the surface because dry pigments formulated to mix with cement are somewhat limited in color choices. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Boka


"Boka" 31"x 38" polished cement and dry pigment on panel

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Kandahar


"Kandahar" 31"x 38 1/2" polished cement and pigment on panel

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Hard to Say



“Hard to Say”  23”x 27” polished cement & dry pigment on panel

   I am experimenting with techniques that make my pieces much lighter.  This piece is mounted on construction grade 3" thick ridged foam.  The entire surface is covered with cement but weighs only 6 lbs.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Does Art Need to be Beautiful?


“Track 4”  29.5”x 35”

  I like to relate developing an appreciation of art and beauty to that of developing the taste for fine wine. Complexity is the key.  At first you like a sweet wine, probably fruit flavored, maybe served over ice in a fruit jar. The equivalent of a black velvet Elvis in the art world.  As your taste develops, and becomes more sophisticated, you opt for something with more character.  That's not to say that there are no excellent sweet wines, there are, but when talking about art, I correlate beauty with sweetness. A painting of a field of bluebonnets with a farm house in the background and a jersey cow chewing it's cud, can be drop dead gorgeous and appealing, but runs the risk of being devoid of complexity and thus saccharine in it's sweetness.  Art, as well as wine, are both manmade and therefor need to be allowed to reveal the personality and complexity that went into their creation.  A rose by any definition is beautiful, but it owes it's beauty to the divinity of it's creation and purpose of it's design. If the only purpose of a painting is to photographically mimic the perfection of a rose, it becomes an exercise of futility devoid of creativity.  What's the point?.  Don't get me wrong there are plenty paintings of roses that are beautiful while still maintaining character and depth necessary for a good work of art.  It is not about subject matter, it  is about the matter of the subject. I am an abstract painter but I greatly admire many traditional artists. A Musician who performs an existing composition, interjecting his own style and creativity can be just as much of an artist as the person who originally wrote and performed it. Good art transcends, it may be disturbing, It can even be repugnant, but authentic art has grit and character of depth that gives insight into it's nature and origin. It tells a not so obvious story that has to be savored and contemplated to be appreciated.  It is OK not to like a work of art but it is naive not to acknowledge it.  So yes, good art can be beautiful and often times is but it is not necessary and definitely not a prerequisite.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Now Producing Works on Paper

To produce these limited edition prints, I digitize high resolution photos of my original cement art. Then I combine, manipulate and digitally paint the surface creating new images. Giclee prints are made in editions of 100 each on heavy acid free satin finished stock, using permanent archival inks.  I need feedback.  Do you feel these are a valid extension of my cement art?  Good idea or bad?

Composition 101, 24" x 18"

Composition 103, 24" x 18"

Composition 104, 18" x 24"

Friday, July 20, 2012

Derecho


"Derecho" 29.5"x 35" lightweight cement and dry pigment on panel


Monday, June 11, 2012

Displacement Artifact #1


“Displacement Artifact#1”  19 3/4” x 13 1/4”
 polished cement & dry pigment on panel

I have never really been able to force myself to do a series.  I always get bored or hit a dead end, but I feel like now is the time to give it a shot. This is what I consider to be a small piece, so I wagered very little in terms of materials and time.  A major part of my job as an artists is to experiment. That unanswered question "what if", supplies me with the proverbial high I get when all is risked with no guaranties.  This piece appeals to my sensibilities to the point that I want to make it a jumping off point and take the risk of working larger.  Scale has always been important to me.  It is easy for me to zero in on a small portion of one of my works and find something exciting. It is difficult to reproduce that segment larger and keep the excitement. Scale is the reason. The marks made on the smaller piece have to be scaled up. Meaning larger brushes and drawing implements.  I don't mean to try and reproduce an actual small segment or piece I've already done. That would be boring and pointless. What I mean to do, is try to accomplish it's simplicity on a larger scale. So after I have had time to thoroughly digest this piece, I plan on doing a series of similar works but larger.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Riyada


"Riyada" 30"x 36" polished cement & dry pigment on panel

It was interesting that I had a client in the studio to watched as I pried this piece off the glass (the reveal).  I never know what I am gong to see. It could be an embarrassing moment. Thankfully it turned out well.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Teladega


'Teladega" 31"x36" lightweight cement and dry pigment on panel

It has been awhile since I last posted. I have been engaged in soul searching and deep trench digging into my psyche.  What one finds is not always pretty but hopefully it is honest.

Monday, April 2, 2012

A video of my process as promised



This video should give added insight into the way I work.  Keep in mind, my process is continually changing and I do my best to avoid any set formula.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Verdero

"Verdero" 36"x 30" pigmented cement on panel

I filmed the process of this piece from start to finish.  It is interesting to contemplate how starting and stopping, fiddling with the camera or playing with the angle of the shot, effected the final outcome of the work. Anyway, I plan on posting the video as soon as it is edited.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Can't leave well enough alone.

"Sanguine" 36"x 39.5" pigmented cement on panel

I added more image to the left side of this piece because it just felt like it needed it. Check out 2 posts ago to see it before. One of the advantages of this medium is I can ad to it without having to make it a diptych.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Haute couture


“Haute couture”  36”x 30” polished cement & pigment on panel

I visited the Dallas Museum of Art and saw the Jean Paul Gaultier fashion exhibition.  It was incredible! The lines were to!  I visited the museum during the last day of the show. At the end of the day it was at least a 2 hour wait to get into the show but it was worth it.  I was inspired to produce the image above, my tribute to Jean Paul.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Sanguine


"Sanguine" 36"x 30" cement and pigment on panel

My most recent piece, polished it out this morning. Wish you could see the mirror-like surface.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Orbis


"Orbis" 18.5"x 20" cement & pigment on panel

I have found that is difficult to just let the chips fall where they may.  That is sort of what it feels like as I'm doing in my work.  But I do believe that many years of experience fosters an unconscious knowing that guides my hand.  I find that too much dependence on conscious effort can lead to a trite outcome devoid of surprise and  opportunities to learn and grow. I continually ask myself, "what If".  If I already know the answer, it's time to move on.  My art is about discovering new problems, not solving them.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Granger


"Granger" 30"x 36" cement on panel

I am starting to get back into the flow of things.  I feel that this a very important circumstance.  The creative flow can't be forced, you just have to surrender to it. Don't over think, just do. 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

If it ain't fixed, break it!


Respite (rework) 40"x 33"

If the point is to make something that's simply "okay", better.  You have to be willing to take a chance.  This piece was "okay" (see previous post) but it did not excite me.  So, I decided to break it, literally!  The anticipation of the uncertain result was exhilarating but the fear of killing the "bird in the hand", was palpable.  I mustered all my courage and forged ahead.  I know what my feelings are with the results but I would like to get your honest feedback.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

First piece of 2012


“Respite”  30”x 36” polished cement & dry pigment on panel

Hope everyone had a great holiday.  I took some much needed time off from my art but now it is time to return to my passion.
Every time I remove myself from my work for a period of time, it seems that doubts about it's validity creep into my mind. This always enables a state of debilitating depression.  The only cure seems to be to push on through and do the work.  I am tentative at first but hope that confidence will return as new pieces emerge.