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Tacoma, WA

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University of Washington, 1973, MFA

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Seattle Art Museum SAM Gallery

figurative, abstract, expressionist modern painting


Late in 2011, I had to ponder why Velazquez had suddenly appeared in my painting while I was working. (Velazquez and the Infanta Margarita) Since an abstractionist with an expressive bent must keep himself open to the possibilities a painting presents as it develops, I was compelled to follow Velazquez..  The work is intuitive and spontaneous, seeking the relationships which will provoke a visually compelling presence.  

Early on I accomplished this by animating gestural forms in a shallow, abstract space.  By the late 1980’s, my work became charged with landscape, interior and figurative references acting as visual metaphors for the deeper reality below the surface of things, the realm where art can nourish the soul.  If I reach this level in my work, I feel I have contributed beauty to the world and, hopefully, aesthetic pleasure or challenge to the viewer. 

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