My work has evolved from Realism to Impressionism, and now to a Semi-Abstract style, appealing to an emotional response rather than the subjective. I make simple expressions of more complex emotions, expressing the inexpressible – similar to haiku. The essence of the work is between the canvas and the viewer. Some work has a soothing mystical, or ethereal appeal, while others are more experimental color studies. All of my work is untitled, allowing individuals to relate them to their own sensibilities.
My landscapes consist of two planes with minimal detail divided by a horizon suggestion. The spaces are filled with color and light, starting with the basic forms of black and white, or dark color. I then layer paint in multiple layers of acrylic color, working generally from dark to light. The layering creates a certain luminosity, and deeper richness to the final color. Some of the colors seem to have a light from within. I use soft transitional edges to add to the subtle mystery, drawing the viewer into the work.
Most of my career I have painted off and on. Selling art is a very austere lifestyle because income can be inconsistent and unpredictable. This led me to become an art teacher for about 12 years.
When I moved back to Pennsylvania, I needed six credits to transfer my teaching certificate. To fulfill this, I took a pottery class at West Chester University. Seeing its income potential and enjoying the process, I left my teaching career and started a commercial handmade pottery business using traditional techniques and styles.
Starting a business was no easy undertaking, especially with little money. With necessity being the mother of invention, I had to use some ingenuity to create my own equipment. I made my first potter’s wheel using an old Maytag washing machine and lawn tractor parts. I also applied my resourcefulness towards building my house from dismantled old barns and making my own furnishings.
During this adventure, I painted whenever possible and raised beautiful and wonderful twin daughters with my loving and beautiful wife, Faye. Since retired life is not so hectic or austere, I hope to enjoy painting full-time for the rest of my life, and help support noble causes that are very personal to me.
You are welcome to visit my Studio and Gallery. Please contact me for an appointment. Email: [email protected] or call 484.643.0455.