“The arts wash away from the soul the dust of everyday life” – Pablo Picasso
I am an abstract landscape painter. I attempt to look beyond what is in front of me to reach a greater interpretation. My abstract vistas give the viewer the freedom to step away from the literal landscape of nature and tap into imagery created within their mind’s eye. My abstract landscapes are based on an emotional reaction to a natural setting –urban or rural—rather than a specific depiction of a place.
In my artwork I create a combination of and harmony between abstraction and realism. My abstract landscapes contain some recognizable elements—not every detail is abstracted. In developing my artwork, I allow my imagination to dramatically alter the size and shape of what I see.
When I start creating a new work of art, I begin by recalling a variety of visual images I have stored in my memory. Some of these memories are very fresh, being images seen only days or weeks before. But some are from my childhood. I seek to discover in each stored image its essence: qualities that had the power to impress and astonish me when I first saw the image.
My artwork represents a lifetime of reflection and transfiguration of stored memories. My life’s’ mission as an artist is to discover a new way of looking at things –a new vision that “washes away …the dust of everyday life”.