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I received my artistic training at Yale College and at California College of Art. I was taught in the figurative tradition, but I also work rather abstractly, and I don’t always have a theme I want to put forth. I don’t know how I will finish when I start, except there is something within I want to express, something I want to build, something I have to say. Painting is not the same as speech, even when it depicts a scene. We leap to story, but it is the story behind the story, behind speech, that is as much my subject matter.
My work is about longing, time, emotion, loss and recovery. I keep these in mind:
From the contemporary American poet Mary Oliver:
“Attention is the beginning of devotion.”
And from the German romantic poet Holderlin:
“Where danger lies, there deliverance also grows.”
These help me understand the process better, where the painting begins to reveal itself. I was trained to paint daily, and I do so, although much of creation lies in wait for the artist. Conversely, the artist himself must wait for something to happen. Stillness is as important as action.
On my good days I am a painter. On my best moments, I am someone who is trying to uncover and describe something new, so that we can have it within our range of humanity. That should be enough.
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