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Artist Statement


Visual art creation provides me with a sense of freedom. It facilitates harmonizing everyday realities with life as a whole. This frees me to refocus inward to become centered. For me, making art is a call and response process. In reply to a dialog with my environment a narrative forms. It reflects observations, personal interest and everyday life experiences that deal with the human form and condition that are the central theme of vignettes I compose.

My artwork is primarily abstract, in the spirit of primitivism and cubist traditions. In particular, the primal nature of art created by indigenous people from Africa and Latin America influences my art. The approach of modern artist like of Cezanne, Archipenko, Henri Laurens, Jacob Laurence, Charles Alston and Seymour Lipton, are also style to which I relate and affect my mode of expression.

I make art across a range of media including drawing, painting, carved stone and wood. This reflects my curiosity and enjoyment responding to the qualities of different materials. From what typically starts out as formless ideas, the color, texture and flexibility unique to each media contributes to establishing the final shape a vision takes.

Line work driven by the golden section sets up a foundation over which I improvise a composition, breaking up space by overlapping geometric shapes, planes of color and lines. In the case of sculptures, color is replaced with intermittent use of surface textures and concave or negative space, to play with the feel of light. This sets the feeling each artwork evokes.

Breaking from the formal use of perspective and visual realism, frees my mind’s inner eye to revisit and reinterpret subjects with renewed perception. The abstract style of work is meant to arouses viewer curiosity. It is also designed to provide them a license to question and promote learning. By tapping their set of cultural values and roster of symbolic imagery, the artwork seeks to engage viewers and connect them with their own existence.

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