In my artwork, I explore and connect to the place I happen to be. Divine providence, fate, the butterfly effect, pure chance, or whatever you want to call it, has located me in North Texas. I choose subjects characteristic of this area and its history. Something that is truly characteristic of a place can seem mundane because it is so common, and these are the things I especially like as subjects. Once they are studied and painted, they seem full of significance.
The same mysterious forces that brought me to this place also caused objects to be in a particular location at a particular time, shaped the landscape, and determined how time would change it all. My working process is a meditative one as I look for balance and order in the seeming randomness. The quiet, timeless atmosphere that results is characteristic of my work.
Current series include paintings based on the architecture and landscape of my immediate neighborhood, portraits of trees surrounding nearby White Rock Lake, studies of plants common in the area, and paintings of historic movie theaters.
Quotes – because they said it better than I can.
“Take what there is, and use it, without waiting forever in vain for the preconceived – to dig deep into the actual and get something out of that – this doubtless is the right way to live.” – Henry James
“There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on the point of view.” – Goethe
“Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time, and to see takes time – like to have a friend takes time.” – Georgia O’Keeffe
“Nothing is too small. Nothing is too, quote-unquote, ordinary or insignificant. Those are the things that make up the measure of our days, and they’re the things that sustain us. And they’re the things that certainly can become worthy of poetry.” – Rita Dove
“Do not try to paint the grandiose thing. Paint the commonplace so that it will be distinguished.” – William Merritt Chase
“The great lessons from the true mystics, from the Zen monks, is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in one’s backyard, and that travel may be a flight from confronting the sacred. To be looking everywhere for miracles is a sure sign of ignorance that everything is miraculous.” – Abraham Maslow Thanks to James Gurney for this one.