The separation of artist who finds a portrait in a person and how the person perceives themselves.
Sometimes we're just supposed to be quiet, 2010
I gave myself too much credit for having it all together
Faculty show 2009, Allegheny College
Words is hard, I am the source of my abundance, winter 2008
What are we teaching our kids, ourselves?, 2009
I imagine a great many things, I imagine someone stepping up to manage a better world, I imagine many of the same things from the song, I imagine Walden too, and that each fork has great possibilities and not one is good and one is bad--same with people, I imagine the universe will have what we need, if we look and pay attention and seek it out(if we don't we will have evolution all over again despite our beliefs in a higher power)-- and I imagine we are capable of do nearly everything if we don't f#@! it up with politics. But it does need to start with infrastructure and education. We need to learn that learning is the key, a life lived in pursuit of greater knowledge and being better at what we do, not just earning a paycheck. We need to learn to pick up the piece of paper instead of stepping over it and we need not worry about how much it costs to build a better road or fix a bridge, we just need to do it.
Sometimes Walden Pond is hanging out behind a Dunkin' Donuts getting out of your mind with some good good friends.
I find in meaning a lack of it sometimes, its mostly just question after question, and one answer usually opens up another whole can of beans.
In a sleeping eye awoke infinite-in dying perhaps infinite is laughing, perhaps.....
I go awaken. Feel time as it is. Now. 1/25/09, 1:59 a.m.
One of the problems I never quite worked out in my paintings was keeping a surface that didn't disrupt the overall reading of the painting. My surfaces up close always seemed to get in the way. By photographing these surfaces--which I've done for years on slide film, and now digitally, I'm able to use my old paintings and collages, void of those surface issues in a new way entirely.
The physicality of the photographs and collage and just overall use of crusty paints and hair and dust etc... that really affected viewing my work in painting, now hopefully adds texture and vibrations to my photographs and digital pieces.
At least I think those issues are either eliminated or certainly reduced! Its something that is getting me exited about the layer of painted elements in these new constructed digital images. My sloppy, bad habits in painting can now help me in the images I'm making instead of being a issue.
I look inward as often as I can in order to keep a check on how far I've drifted away. When it looks too much like a Warhol, and Warhol didn't do it, someone has to step and say something, right??? I mean if its like a Warhol, but not as good as a Warhol, or worse, better than a Warhol, not saying its better because obviously its not, I'm just saying, I mean why would anyone, especially someone like me want to have their work look like a Warhol?
My blue brush stroke, 2008
If the apple falls, what then? Thats the friggin' question we've been asking ourselves.
once I had a drum,
from it spirits come,
I got t' boom boom bommin' it.