Picture Maker

 

I am a painter. I paint to play, to surprise myself, and to uncover something new from inside myself.

 

My earliest influences were graphic cartoons such as Rocky and Bullwinkle, and I hope that shows. Both my forms and the quality of my lines are directly connected to these cartoons. It is important to me that my forms have a certain casualness of character to them, an awkward gesture. I make what I call big dumb shapes. This is hard to explain, but it is this awkwardness  that makes the work feel very human -- a big lumbering oaf, sincerely trying to do what is right and just missing the mark.

 

 I live in the Pacific Northwest, and see mountains, water, clouds, and gray skies.These are the things that I paint, this is my current palette. Monumental forms can invoke a certain awe in humans, like the grand emotion of standing before large bodies of water. In my new work, the environment itself has become a big rough-hewn character, a character in crisis.

 

 I am interested in documenting nature as a resource which is quickly dissappearing  I am also interested in .manipulating pictorial space to create a sense of imbalance, a space that is not quite what one would find in the world. This imbalance  causes the brain to flip from seeing pictorial depth to seeing two- dimensional paint on canvas. This is something I find interesting in contemporary painting.