“I have been working as a commercial art director and marketing professional for 25 years. In 2010, I began making digital compositions inspired by abstract expressionism with subject matter that was inspired by lake, ocean and water themes. The work was derived from digital photographs that were later retouched and reworked in to compositions that I made available as giclée prints through an online source. While having a discussion about that work with a curator friend, he gave me frank advice and encouraged me to get my hands dirty and make an effort to explore other mediums.
An experiment with dyed wood led to adopting acrylic paints—a medium that was foreign and daunting for me as an untrained artist. Knowing the objective was non-figurative work, I began researching artists who were driven by the same kinds of experimentation with, and exploration of color, texture, and process. I was, in particular, inspired by Gerhard Richter’s work from the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.
…If you mean unencumbered and devoid of a plan then that’s it.They’re always a surprise. I’ve been describing them as abstract, derivative to some, naive but full of my passion to work with the materials and resources available. It’s ‘vernacular’ and ‘outsider’ and I’m aware of that, but I don’t care because I’m consumed by it.”