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Aquarius #6, watercolor and thread on layered Yupo paper, 41 x 40″



For this painting I have gone back to a format of alternating painted strips and empty space (unpainted paper). I wanted to allow for both maximum chaotic movement and, simultaneously, the restraint of geometric order. The painting is one of four that were created for a commission from SMINK Art and Design in Dallas.

Some images of the exhibit at Gebert Contemporary on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.  Besides my paintings the show features work by Munson Hunt, Cov Jordan and Patrick Mehaffy.  The show will be up through August 4, so please stop by to see it.

 

CrossCurrents:Mineral - 300dpi

Gebert Contemporary is showing five of my latest paintings in a four-person show entitled Regarding Nature.   Covington Jordan, Munson Hunt and Patrick Mahaffy are the other featured artists.   I just stopped by the gallery to see the show and it’s gorgeous! with many resonances between the works.  If you are a Santa Fe peep, please do come by for a look.

The opening reception will be on Friday evening, July 6th from 5: to 7:00, and the address for Gebert Contemporary is 558 Canyon Road.  gebertcontemporary.com  I hope to see you there!

 

 

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Winter Garden, watercolor on layered synthetic paper (Yupo), 41 x 55″

I have no end product in mind when I begin a painting.  First I pin up one or two painted sheets of transparent color and notice how they look together.  Then I continue to add or subtract sheets, shift placements, notice rhythms, and search for a certain feeling of flow and harmony across the composition.  I’m exploring the pictorial space, rather than aiming at a pre-determined or pre-visulaized outcome.  This process allows spontaneity and accident to occur at any and all stages of art-making.

People have asked if I listen to music while I’m working.  No, I don’t, because in a sense I’m listening to the painting and it sort of talks to me; “I’m too heavy on the right,” “Try some yellow,” or “Make me wider.”  Listening to music is reserved for when the composition is set and I’m sewing the Yupo sheets onto a mat board, a rather brainless activity.

A consistent series of paintings results from methods and principles that remain the same; it’s a pathway.  Sometimes it is a one-color path.  Attention to intuition and impulse guides me.  Right now I’m on a slow journey through a rosy-colored garden.  This garden opened its gate to me when I began to consciously heal some physical health issues in 2017.  Within it, joy, warmth, growth and change are nurtured and supported.  It’s a refuge from the chaos of politics, toxic relationships and any kind of worry – a place to just quietly be.  My hope is that you, the viewer, will also find solace and renewal in these spaces.

 

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