"I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life." ~ Jean-Michel Basquiat

Ghosts In The Machine #1  ~ Pen & Ink, Acrylic on Paper ~ 5x5 Inches

Ghosts In The Machine #1  ~ Pen & Ink, Acrylic on Paper ~ 5x5 Inches

This is a general Artist Statement.... Specific statements about each series can be found on their respective pages.

I make things. I have always made things. Color, light, pattern, ideas interest me. Sounds, movement, words, images interest me.They have always interested me. The people who make things with these elements interest me. The artists. Of every discipline. Art has been the only thing that's made sense to me. The world I have found myself in has both interested and confounded me. I suppose everyone has their own reaction to the world. Mine is to make things. To make images mostly, but other things as well.  In making things, perhaps, I am trying to make sense of the world for myself. In making things I can take what I see and feel in the world and process them in a way that translates and transforms it all into something that I can understand.... or, at least, deal with.

                 Woodcut Study  Archival Ink on Paper 3.5 inches diameter

                 Woodcut Study  Archival Ink on Paper 3.5 inches diameter

 

I am not apart from the world, I am a part of it. In theory anyway. Mostly I feel apart from it. When I create, I feel a part of it. I explore ideas. I explore mediums. I am interested in many things.... and so, my response (art) reflects that. All of the different ways, media, I work in- simply interest me. I have no theory or agenda or conceptual explanation other than that. I proceed unfettered. Unless I start thinking about "art" instead of thinking about life. And so, I just "do". I make. And hope that some of this speaks to you as the work of artists has always spoken to me. And maybe something I "do" will make things make sense.
The small scale of the work has been (for the most part) a constant. Again, it just made "sense" to me, just not in any rational or theoretical way. It is mostly about intimacy. I relate that to reading and looking at images in books. That experience is a personal one, an intimate one. Viewing work on the small scale is akin to that. Up close, the world around you dissolves… peripheral vision becomes lessened…. and eventually it is only the viewer and the work. Ultimately, I find it satisfying and interesting. It's as simple as that.