Artist Statement

The aim is to see…
That which others don’t notice
Reveal it to them

Conceptual art is defined as “art that is intended to convey an idea or concept to the
perceiver and need not involve the creation or appreciation of a traditional art object
such as a painting or sculpture”.  For me, conceptual art is no longer new and
furthermore misses its sole purpose for being because no matter what impression is
intended there is nothing left behind to nail the concepts to.  This is why I choose to
work as a painter and also why the statement “a picture is worth a thousand words” will
always be true.  I believe in taking the strong ideas behind a conceptual piece and
assigning them a visual ideogram that acts as a key for understanding the concept.  I
believe art should have a specific statement to make that is larger than the visual
elements but that which can also be distilled down to a tangible symbol.  

Governments know this and it’s called propaganda.
Churches know this and it’s called religion.
Corporations know this and it’s called advertising.
Artists know this and it’s called Truth.

The visual physical world is connected in subtle ways that can be easily overlooked.   I
work from my own photographs to discover the connections between seemingly
disparate elements that combine to form a greater reality than their independent parts.
I transform actual visual images into a third-generation idea from physical reality to
camera to canvas.  I am interested in the underlying associations formed by the
repetition of shapes and lines from not only material forms but also those of transient
matter such as shadows and reflections operating on the same visual plane in a
realistic abstraction.  

I am interested in conceptual painting with technical facility, beauty and emotion
combining abstractive elements within realism.  My intent in painting is to strive for
fulfillment in every element while providing a strong vehicle to carry a belief through
the painting to the viewer while making an aesthetic contribution.  I put a great deal of
thought and planning into each painting from the original concept to the composition,
execution, canvas size and title.  I do not work in a series but believe that each
painting is autonomous and stands alone as a symbol or “glyph” encoded with multiple
interpretations subjective to the particular viewer.  The individual paintings come
organically one at a time and it is only later that I realize some of them are actually

The imagery in my work may appear to be surrealistic but it is derived solely from
elements actually experienced in a conscious visual state rather than the emphasis
placed on the subconscious and automatism that surrealism was founded on.    While I
am influenced by surrealist juxtapositions, I consider myself a Patternist primarily
interested in the affinities of emerging connections when taken as a whole.  Patternism
is reality viewed as a wave rather than a particle.  It is the missing link between normal
spatial perception and fractured spatial perception.  It is one link removed from
normality, yet it is still very evident.