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Webpaintings1_007
The Capture of Proteus Oil/canvas 60" X 45"
Abyss_eden
Abyss Eden Oil, Sand and Wax/wood 36" X 60"
Badlands
Badlands Oil/canvas 64" X 52"
Back2back
Back2back Oil/canvas 22" X 44"
Alembic
Alembic Oil/paper 22" X 34"
Baja2
Bye-bye, Baja Oil/wood 36" X 38"
Beachbabe2
Beach Babe Oil/canvas 24' X 36"
Clump
Clump Oil/paper 30" X 22"
Day_dream
Day Dream Oil, Wax, Sand/paper 48" X 36"
Faceoff
Face/Off Oil, Gold Leaf/wood 48" X 36"
Focus
Focus Oil Bar, Faux Gold Leaf/paper 22" X 34"
Goddess
Our Lady Graphite & Color Pencil/paper 42" X 30"
Goldeliscious2
Golden Delicious Oil, Wax, Sand, Collage/paper 48" X 36"
Goldgate
Gold and Gate Oil, Gold Leaf/wood 36" X 38"
Goldenflower2
Secret Flower Encaustic, Oil/wood 36" X 26"
Human
Human, All Too Human Charcoal, Pastel/paper 42" X 36"
Insideout
Inside/Out Charcoal, Chalk/paper
Outsidein
Out/Side/In Charcoal, Pastel/paper 59" X 57"
Judascradle2
The Judas Cradle Oil/canvas 36" X 32"
Embrace
Alchemy of Attraction Oil/canvas 22' X 22"
Inthewoods2
In Deep Oil/canvas 16" X 12"
Hardtosay1
Hard To Say Oil, Gold Leaf/wood 36" X 35"
Lagoonmusic
Lagoon Music Oil/wood 48" X 42"
Life_still
Life Still Watercolor, Photo Transfer/paper 10 1/2" X 10"
Mojave2
Mojave Oil/canvas 64" X 52"
Mothership
Mothership Oil, Encaustic/wood 36" X 38"
Tell
Tell Oil/canvas 14" X 12"
Pandus2
The Pandus Oil, Wax, Collage, Gold Leaf/wood 48" X 33"
Partridge2
Mrs. Partridge and Her Family Oil, Wax/wood 48" X 42"
Sheddingskin
Shedding the Skin Oil, Wax, Sand/paper 48" X 36"
Taking_the_lep
Leap of Faith Acrylic, Collage/paper 22" X 30"
Timetide
Time & Tide Oil/canvas 64" X 52"
Sisyphus
Sisyphus Ink/paper 40" X 30"
Triptych2
Menage a Trois Oil/canvas 22" X 66"
Viscera
Visceral Oil/ Paper 48" X 36"
Kiss
Kiss Oil/ Canvas 14' X 12"
Sefira
Sefira Oil/ Wood 48" X 36"
Spiritdance
Spirit Dance Oil, Gold Leaf/ Wood 36" X 48"
Suttersmill
Sutter's Mill Oil, Gold Leaf/ Wood 48" X 42"
Macromicro
Macro/ Micro Oil/ Canvas (9) 16" X 16" Each
Lhooq
LHOOQ Ink on Postcard 6" X 4"
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Green Bay WI
Birth year
1947
Lives in
Oakland CA
Works in
Oakland CA
Schools
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
Tags
abstract-surrealism, symbolist-abstraction, mythological
Statement

 

        Painting for me is a dialogue between myself and the work.  I generally have no preconception of what a painting will be like until I start painting.  The work takes shape in the process of painting as each piece reveals to me what it wishes to be.  The work is generally abstract, but it always contains allusions to ideas and concepts that go beyond the formal qualities of a piece.  The ideas in the paintings often are inspired by the extensive reading I have done in poetry, philosophy, alchemy and the hermetic tradition, and may include allusions to Greek mythology, existential philosophy, Buddhism, ancient Sumerian culture and Jungian psychology.  When I am painting I think of myself as a conduit for the ideas I find important.

        My latest series is based on a dense layering of horizontal lines.  They are related to landscape painting in that all landscapes are based on the horizon line.  These paintings simplify the "landscape" to the horizon(tal) line alone, repeated over and over.  In this way they tend to replicate the layering of sediment in soil.  They also reflect the passage of time, as each new day brings a new horizon.

        The poems are an outgrowth of the paintings.  In showing the paintings to friends and others I am often asked to, or am tempted to, provide explanations of the more abstract work.  I am never very satisfied with the explanations, and so I have written poems which I hope will provide all the elucidation necessary to provide full comprehension of my artistic intentions. Feel free to ignore the poems if you feel comfortable providing your own interpretations of the paintings .