My recent paintings are the result of adaptations and refinements of earlier work. As an exhibiting artist, I have assimilated ideas and influences over a long practice. Naturally, what an individual artist does is shaped by what has already been done. I admire the work of many past and present day painters and especially those that are currently working in Los Angeles. These influences may be seen in my latest series titled Roots. Ultimately, the roots of this series reach all the way back to the painting experiments of my youth.
Flow, the painterly process a group of LA artists is occupied with, balances the spontaneous with the deliberate, with the former tactic typically dominant. In my case, the unpredictability of free-flowing paint is combined with precise geometry as I have long favored the integration of one form of paint application with another. At best, this integration adds a sense of dynamism to the work but color remains the dominant attribute with hues ranging from the vibrant to the muted and restrained. I rarely use pure paint colors, opting instead to “invent” new ones. A hallmark of the flow movement is minimizing the time-honored painter’s stroke. Much of the work is performed at a physical and emotional distance from the surface, be it canvas or paper, but the end result of “going with the flow” is often stunning.
An unexpected source of inspiration for the new work is the California ceramics that became a source of interest and income early in my career. The complex flow of glazes and subtle color variations on the many pots I have come in contact with over the years have undeniably made an impression.