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.

Saturday, January 28, 2012


"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" 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.