Art feeds my desire to be creative everyday. I look for the humor in the mundane, the beauty in the rubble, the grace of the overlooked detail, and take a moment to translate it, to make something new. I put on paper what I’m seeing in the moment or what sticks in my mind while traveling, which I do a lot.
I take the time to look around as I move through the day, wherever I am, and let those images sift through the blender of my mind. I’m not interested in exact replicas. We already have that. I pursue the loose interpretation, the intersection of what I see and where the pen goes on the paper.The ordinary everyday world shows me what to draw. My job is to intentionally make my mind blank and just see what is in front of me. In portraits and in architectural details I actively draw a particular moment, even when it’s a memory. I hope to capture movement and posture as well as ancient stillness.
I’m influenced by cartoons, line drawings, my quite extensive stamp collection, Francisco Goya’s etchings, Karl Blossfeldt’s nature photography, Cy Twombly, Francesco Clementi and what I call rhythmic visual dissonance – the objects and repeated patterns of daily life, be it a parking lot seen from the window of a plane, stones on a beach, the pavers in the streets of Rome, a vase of flowers. The repeated forms and the urban patterns resonate.
I treat my visual art the same as I do songwriting. I’m here to tell a story. It may or may not be non-fiction. The story is the point. I walk a tightrope. I strive to leave enough room for the viewer to see themselves, to see our commonalities on the page.
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