I want to thank Linda Kiley for continuing her splendid representation of my paintings at Art Works Gallery. I am currently preparing paintings for a second solo exhibition there which is scheduled to open in mid-November 2017; meanwhile, I'll be bringing in new paintings from time to time throughout the year – and a limited selection of my work from 2016 is still available and on continuous view at the gallery.
What if the formal foundations for abstraction and non-objective art had developed organically alongside classical naturalism, beginning with the early Renaissance at the start of the 15th century?
Imagined this way, the stigmas of empty innovation for modernism’s sake—so often attached to modern art of the 20th century—and empty mimetic copywork for tradition’s sake—an attack still often leveled against the western canon by modern scholars—might never have materialized, allowing instead for the gestation of a rich amalgam of these two strains of European art.
I begin each painting by considering a different period, style or school of art from the past, or the output of a single artist at a given moment in her career. I then try to identify those features of the art which are most likely to survive the translation from representation to abstraction, or from one form of abstraction to another. This is a personal process of formal response to visual prompts, not a disciplined analysis. I make no claim of accuracy, nor even of credibility for the images that result. If the viewer bears my premise in mind while viewing the paintings, however, both the differences and the consistencies among them will probably make more sense.