Art, in my view, is about emotion and connections. Every person who views a particular piece of art brings their own influences, tastes and life experience. People connect with art not always because they get what the artist was feeling or trying to convey. They feel something, and can't always understand why. To some, my art reminds them of some dark times that they overcame with their own story of triumph. Artist who are emotionally or physically driven to create do so because of the expression and form of communication it gives. Financial gain is not the driving force.
I only create art or study's of subjects that move me emotionally. How I process those feelings gets translated into the artwork. In that respect, the art has life in which anyone can interpret in a way they choose.
If I paint a picture with a certain intent or feeling during the creation, it can be interpreted in as many ways as there are viewers. I believe there is no right or wrong way to 'see' a work of art. You connect visually, and/or emotionally or you don't. If something about it moved you, then my creation of it becomes more profound.
As an extreme example would be a Jackson Pollock creation. His art was groundbreaking because people were able to connect with the artwork on their own level. This wasn't because they were led to the waters of the artist's choosing. I think it was because each viewers life story created the visual path they chose to wander.
The art of Jackson Pollock succeeded not because his work conveyed what he intended, but because he created with emotion and people connected with his passion. Because he painted with passion, it could be interpreted as something of substance. It's hard for me to explain, but something inner drives the creation process.
I paint with a range of emotions to deal with chronic debilitating pain and depression from CRPS, a centrally acting and incurable nervous system disorder. The recent loss of my mother, thoughts of the world and shared dreams with my wife, as well as hopes for my children all shape my works. Simply put, I create and started to create as art therapy, because the meditative benefits are the only escape from constant pain. Many pieces of the art I've created have brought me to tears. Sometimes I don't know why until I process the feelings by continuing the trance like meditation. Art found me and gave me hope. The only explanation I have for those that appreciate my art is that my emotion going in is being translated as something beyond paint or charcoal. We all have life stories worth telling, and worthy of listeners. I appreciate every one of you that take the time to look deeper into mine. Thank you!
I stumbled upon art after an injury to my left foot, which required surgery and, unfortunately, has developed into chronic CRPS. It amazes me how the art creation process can literally and singularly diminish my pain. I had no idea that the art therapy my psychotherapist wife, Carol, started me on could be so therapeutic. Without her help none of this would be possible, I thought art might help with my mounting boredom and depression, but not real pain relief. The thing is, I need to be in the creation process to get the relief. I go into a trance-like state, where all aspects of my memory and life experiences become translated into color choices and brush strokes. My first pieces show a discernible, automatistic style, and although I've had a range of differing subjects since then, my initial brush stroke style is still visible in my later works. I'm embracing that chaotic random pattern as a part of the chaos that is within my own mind. Thankfully, because of my deep state of brain activity when creating, it's as if there aren't any brain cycles left for me to decipher pain. I do feel an increase of pain following the creative meditation I get from drawing or painting, but I am better able to emotionally deal with it because of the resultant release of stress. To see something come to life by the work of my hands is an emotional experience, as these same hands cause me so much pain from chronic tendonitis/carpal tunnel/ulner neuropathy. I'm thankful to my wife for maintaining the other aspects of my art therapy that I could not do on my own.
Many of my works that involve oceans and rough seas are tied to my childhood, as well as adult life. I grew up without the comfort of wealth, but fortunately never wanted for food or shelter thanks to my mother. She always provided and always took us on weekend trips to the coast. I grew to love the ocean as a way to dream, escape, and to be free and happy and developed a great respect for what it concealed. My stormy sea paintings are inspired, in part from my life stories, such as experiencing first hand, 40-foot oceans swells while on a hurricane-rocked ship. I also grew up without a father present most of the time, and I remember him usually having a beard or mustache. This may be why you see so many bearded men in my portrait work.
I'm currently creating charcoal, pastel, acrylic and oil portraiture, landscape and ocean scenes as my body allows. Being a California native, born in Hollywood, I've always been fascinated with those people in the public eye. You'll recognize many of them in my works. I have chosen people, so far, that are important to me, the community I live in, or have an historical impact.
I was and always will be a star geek with a telescope among my toys. When I was 10, I used to stay up into the early morning waiting for Saturn to become visible in the night sky. I would make my own star charts from books checked out at the library (back before the internet...gasp!) and calculate the planets' movement. I risked being grounded had my mother found out that I sneaked out at night in our rough neighborhood. The risk was worth the reward of briefly seeing the faint rings of Saturn with my own birthday telescope. Einstein was also a star geek, and his theories, for the most part, have allowed us to understand and learn so much about outer space, it boggles my mind. Look close into the eyes of my Einstein portrait and you will see the same Saturn that I saw as a child.
Being self taught as an artist, means I am learning new techniques by discovery along with inspiration from some of the Old Masters' works. I gather it all and come up with my own interpretations. I hope to be an inspiration for those who need an escape from pain, or those that need a lifting of spirits and might find a connection to their own past, through my art.
Currently, my focus is on my self titled, "Masters of Visual Art" series. I'm in the early stages, having completed 3 artists that communicate deeply to me. I first read about their lives, and then study their brushstrokes. I then discover why their genius is profound. I can assure those who are fans of my work, you and I will see growth and change during this never ending process. I will take what I love from this growth, and push myself where things get difficult, till the path becomes apparent. Where will my artistic style will grow the deepest roots? As exciting as it is to start down that road, there are many other paths I need to familiarize myself with first, so that I do not get lost. This is the primary reason I'm allowing the Masters of Visual Art to teach me with their timeless art. For now, the best description of my artistic style would be eclecticism, as I'm moved by so many styles and techniques that creating makes me feel like a kid in a candy store.