War Motif Paintings
Dealing with the difficult subject of war and it's tangential elements - government, propaganda, heroism and patriotism among others - is fraught with challenges for me in that as an artistic endeavor, I want to create something that is beautiful and satisfying aesthetically without demeaning the seriousness of the ideas behind the paintings. Often, artwork which deals with war as its subject can feel overtly political or agenda driven which I personally feel is detrimental to the power of the deeper message. To the extent I am able, I try to create works which are engaging enough to invite the viewer to explore the deeper meanings of the nature of conflict.
The New Domestic
Facing the life changes that come with marriage, children, home ownership and all of life's various joys and challenges provides fertile ground for me to explore the themes and subjects which surround us but often go unnoticed or unrepresented in my other artistic pursuits. Sometimes funny or silly, creating art from the material of my immediate surroundings, banal or otherwise, makes me appreciate the artistic moments that surround us every day.
My recent works are a loose collection of loosely related experiences surrounding dreams, the subconcious, the Surrealist idea of "automatic" drawing and painting, and a generally less-prescribed mode of image making. Because of the often limited time I have in the studio, I tend toward a highly organized process concept, preparation, and execution. This newer work attmepts to break out of this cycle to allow for more randomness and emotional/subconscious input. I am interested in keeping the work "open", allowing for the viewer to have as much chance to interpret the mark-making as I have.