Besides the below, I now have my coloured pencil-on-black rock star illustrations for
sale in print form at www.artpal.com.
Plus you can see all of those plus my imagined record ads AND the illustrations I did
for the Flaming Telepaths book at
Below you will find my proper artist statement, the one that galleries and shows
have asked for, sometimes a little more abbreviated than what’s below, but ha
ha… always as pretentious. So first, a little general comment, a little more
informally. Sorry for the lousy scans, but I’m new at this stuff. There seems
to be some white in there, dust specks on or in the scanner? Apologies, but yes,
those aren’t on the paintings.
About half of these have been sold years ago, a half dozen I would never sell, and
the others, I could let go. Most are quite large, my biggest size being about three
feet by five feet, more than half being above two and a half feet by four feet.
Materials/methods used I stretch my own canvas, with a first layer of gesso
being thick or thin or rough or smooth or not there at all, i.e. holes. The rest is
a mix of oil and acrylic, mainly black acrylic with numerous layers of gesso added
as well, minutes, hours, days for drying spent between applications. Oxide red is
big with me as well as thalo blue. Big bottles of Liquin are used liberally as both
a thinner and a final two layer glaze/sealant. Water is used for a drip/decay
technique. Rags and paper towel are used for rubbing away wet or semi dry areas, any
and all manner of brush and scraper are used… it can get up to 20 layers of
paint and they actually get heavy. They end up very shiny and very rough and stubbly
and tough, very waterproof.
Paintings are abstract landscapes, a continual bridging the two concepts, ranging
from landscape with a slight abstract feel, anti-gravitational or illogically sized
elements, to abstract with only a slight landscaped, nature-based focal point,
surrounded or dominated by multiple abstract elements.
All attempt to depict worlds either a) untouched and unvisited by man, i.e. merely
imagined; b) slightly altered or touched by man, specifically ancient man, in the
form of deliberate, heavy ritual pattern, stones, monoliths, obelisks, cairns,
totems, smaller left articles; or c) slightly altered or touched or modified by some
unseen, unknown, spiritual force, or a material force simply of unknown origin. In
all cases, the terrain variously evokes autumn, the north, the desert, the moon, or
the jungle, always isolation, with the idea that someone or something has tread or
left a mark largely, heavily but simply.
Paintings attempt to portray the pseudo-science of alchemy as a rare, but natural
atmospheric occurrence, thus a blurring between what is rock, earth, wood, ceramic
and metal, including a blurring between sky, water body, strata of earth, and often
man-made structure of ambiguous material origin. Events are set in motion by
apocalyptic temperature extremes. This alchemy exercised as dramatic weather may
have paranormal, spiritual or extraterrestrial cause.
Smaller formations depicted are often artifacts of unknown origin and material. In
all cases, detail is wiped away, in demonstration of decay, erosion and an obscuring
Large formations are often totems, crumbling ruins, stone circles, cairns or
obelisks. Again detail is eroded, eroded by time, extreme atmospheric upheaval, or
this idea of naturally occurring alchemy. In any event there's splintering, scarring
Still larger formations: moons, planets or unnamable spheres, which can also
interact with ground, atmosphere or artifacts. Tidal, cyclonic, godly, apocalyptic
and/or geographical upheaval. Thus black and dark blue moons, dark green skies,
copper ground - volcanic, ashen, sulfurous, mercurial, alchemical. Ritualistic
figures disintegrating in chunks or blending with sky. Swirling gases becoming
liquid or solid. Where formations meet the ground, there is a melting, slashing,
chemical reaction, burning and melding between earth and what has been fashioned on
top of it.
Summary: an invented universe demonstrating natural alchemy, suspension of
time and suggestions of a terrestrial, extraterrestrial or spiritual ordering force
on a desolate, unfamiliar but clearly traumatized landscape, whether the trauma is
long-gone, recently occurred, or caught in action, all trauma occurring with
transformational or alchemical effects. A handful of normal earthly rules suspended
and replaced. Reality as a dream within a dream, living in the head, imagination as