I will be exhibiting with fellow artist Kenn Speiser in March at the Bert Gallery. Kenn enjoys experimenting with many different materials. He’s made artwork from sequins, garden hoses, refrigerators and all sorts of intriguing materials. Meanwhile, I have spent 40 years putting oil paint on canvas! We are an odd couple, but I think an intriguing pairing.
For the first time, I will be exhibiting photographs as well as paintings.
The photographs are a documentation of the thought process that goes into my painting. Often times I see something and don’t have a sketch pad on me. Or sometimes the view I am interested in is precarious and there’s no way I can find a safe spot to sketch. Out comes the camera.
I’ve learned the hard way that the camera doesn’t see what I see. I use the photographs as a basis for a pencil sketch and the sketch as the basis for the painting. Mostly the image is burned in my mind – the colors, the lines, the spatial play. The photograph just reminds me of what I experienced.