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.

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" 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.