|"Falling Apart / Coming Together: Portraits"
" In this group of works I wanted to break free of my constraints as a painter. I found myself
locked into the role of ‘reclusive artist’ - walled-up in his studio world. I also felt a need to break
from my established way of thinking and working, which I felt was holding me back from being
able to truly explore essential questions such as , “Who am I?”, “Why am I here?”
What was required was a complete break from my previous mode of painting. I found that when I
‘threw out’ everything I knew - all my techniques and approaches, my knowledge of composition,
my color knowledge, how I applied paint, etc I was able to arrive at a more honest relationship
with myself and the person being represented, and the painting ‘came alive’.
At the same time, as is my on-going interest - I found myself creating ‘arrays’ with the portraits.
There’s a certain vibrancy and wonder in placing them together in grids. The established
dialogue creates room for questions and emotions. “Who do you see when I look at you?” “Who
do I see when you look at me?”
So, my interest in portraiture is about capturing a 'higher frequency' of vibration - both from my
subject and my own internal response to that subject.. The subject may be a memory, fantasy,
off the TV, Internet - or sitting in front of me in the studio.
What's most important is that I feel a certain spark, an interest, that captures my inner attention -
pulls it out of my head and down into my heart and emotions. It's not as much about capturing a
likeness, as it is about capturing something 'essential'. I want to see what the paint has to say,
rather than say what I want with the paint. In this way, something vital and alive can be created."
|"Life is messy, unpredictable - full of tragedies and miracles. In my portrait painting, I try to pull out and
expose my vulnerabilities and weaknesses, rather than display what I once considered my strengths
and facility. Something more beautiful and real happens in that approach for me now."