About Making Art

I believe in a Creator, and in a world created to be beautiful both in itself and as a reflection of the creator’s beauty.  The vocation of the artist is first to develop an  appreciation for, and then to help others experience the creator’s stamp on everything that exists.  Even when its purpose is to shock, startle, frighten or revolt, Art should first and foremost be beautiful. By this I mean not merely pretty or even necessarily nice to look at, but expressing a transcendence that speaks to the spirit rather than the eye.  Everything is a potential source of this type of beauty when viewed from the right perspective or framed in the right way.  It is the duty of the artist to step in to make that beauty accessible to all.

Like most other artists I feel an insistent compulsion to create using whatever is at hand.  That is part of the reason why I’m so attracted to collage using found papers from magazines and retail catalogs; they’re always on hand.  I’m also passionate about caring for the environment and exercising responsible stewardship over the earth.  That’s another reason I use recycled materials and take care that my practices introduce as little waste or toxicity as possible.

I have a particular attraction to curves, which appear everywhere in my work.  To me, nothing expresses desire more than the curve of a road leading off to unseen distances, nothing better represents contentment than a harmonious arrangement of curving lines.  Although I’m much attracted to the often overlooked beauty found at the intersection of civilization and nature — weeds growing up through the sidewalk, rutted tracks through an isolated wood, an overgrown garden — these things rarely show up overtly in my work, which is mainly abstract. Rather, I hope I will remind viewers of something real they’ve seen and the beauty that was in it.

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