When I see my fellow inhabitants of our world, I see them as moving in different directions, trying to make sense of their surroundings. A consequence of this perception is that I produce abstract, irregularly shaped paintings that are dominated by color. The large canvases are painted with dots. The colors in those works are created by multiple layers of dots of varying hues that, when combined in the eye of the viewer, produce the final perceived color. Since I was 19 years old, I have been thrilled by the bringing together of these points to create the larger, abstract images. With my work being dominated by color, the other thing I focus on in my process is the negative space, the absence of color. There are pieces where the painting is a square but that was not done by drawing a square, but by focusing on how the points come together and leave spaces that became a square.
While my studies at Trinity University, the University of Houston and working alongside many wonderful local artists has helped me develop, my greatest inspiration was my father. He wasn’t an artist, he drilled oil wells. He was an engineer, but as I see it he was an abstractionist. He had to see beyond the soil and rock to what lay beneath. He had to visualize the obstacles and the solutions. That is ultimately what I do in my art. I look beyond the materials and the colors to bring the pieces together.
My art is inspired by the creations of humanity. What man has made, satellites, solar panels, cathedrals and runes, have always appeared to mirror the human body, the creation of God. I take those mirrored images and attempt to create them again in color and space. I am enamored with creating real depth in my art, layers, rather than the visually produced depth of “realists”. I once had a colleague say my art was the true realism, as he saw me creating something rather than attempting to visually represent an item from reality.
The smaller paper pieces serve as my drawings. Each are made from miniature sections that stand at varying levels from the ground of the work. Each section casts shadows on the painting, in the way that shadows are cast by the sun as it travels overhead during the day. With this illusion of movement, each finished painting suggests the passage of a day. I employ acrylic paint with mica mixed into the medium. Many of the colors shine like the metallic paint on cars.
Designs are unique. They are more playful than predictable, and exist solely for the enjoyment of the viewer. The process used to produce them is the only real narrative I have with the viewer.
As such, the more you look the more you will see.
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