These last few years my style has shifted away from abstract expressionism. I’ve sought to explore themes that I felt were not well handled by expressionism; or at least not within my use of it. These days I find myself exploring collage, graphic design and photography, but I still occasionally find time to paint. I’m sure it will come full circle as there are few feelings that can give me what approaching a blank canvas and just allowing myself to shape it can give me.
In many of these works you will see my attempt to marry an image with the ephemeral qualities that I think are inherent in abstract expressionism.
When I first began painting I’m not sure exactly what I was trying to achieve. I have always painted even as a child. It just comes naturally to me. In my teens I was heavily influenced by the comic books that I read and developed a pretty good hand at semi realism.
By the time I had reached architecture, exposure to modernism had created in me an appreciation of abstract expressionism and I found myself pursuing a sort of freedom on the canvas. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the whole purpose of expressionism was to free the painting from any external references to its surrounding environment. This gave me license to look deeply inside and try to give a very emotional response – hence the name Abstract Expressionism.
It has been a great privilege for me to participate as a painter and AbEx is still one of my favorite periods.