Artist Statement

Seeing Things

Some people see things in my paintings. Somebody once saw Finding Nemo. No kidding. Finding patterns is a human brain habit. It started as a survival skill for our ancestors. They needed to know if that squiggly thing in the trail was a stick or a snake. Their brains learned to tell the difference. We still find patterns to make sense of life. What somebody sees in an ink blot says something about who they are.

 

  • If you see something in one of these paintings, what does that say about you?

 

I don't see things in my artwork.  To me, they’re just lines, shapes, and colors. But I do see designs. And here’s what I like best:  I don’t see them ahead of time. I don’t have a plan. I might do a quick sketch, or use graph paper. Sometimes it’s just one line where I’m going to start.

 

  • Can you find the first line I drew in each of these paintings?

 

After that first line, it’s up to the design to reveal itself to me, and up to me to see it. I once watched a video of Joan Miro at work. He sat and stared at the canvas, then finally picked up a pot of paint and a brush and drew… a line. Just one line. Then he put down the pot and the brush and leaned back and looked some more. That’s what I do. I work in silence, ready with the tools of my trade -- ruler, pencil, tape, paint, brush, markers -– but nothing happens until the design reveals itself to me. My job is to see it, and try to make it happen. 

  • One line, shape, color at a time.