Combining careers in art history and contemporary studio art practice is an ongoing challenge. As an art historian I am to recognize, know, and study the evolution of art and culture of the past. As a studio artist I am compelled to communicate a balanced sense of continuum, innovation, and creativity in images for our present time. Producing a work of art as a communicative device requires an exposure of the spirit, mind, and soul of the artist to the public. It reflects and records in a visual manner the ongoing spiritual conversion, over time, of the artist. Wisdom, spirituality, and maturity have caused changes in interpretations of universal truths, and understanding of the person/Saint Francis of Assisi. For this Franciscan artist, color shape, and space remain the constant vehicles for self-revelation through images..
Subject matter for most of the works comes from the Early Documents of the Franciscan Order and the life of St. Francis of Assisi. The visual interpretations of these works stems from personal reflections and long gestations of studied text, line by line. What at first appears to be literal interpretations of events in the life of Francis of Assisi and the early friars, frequently is transformed during the painting process to suit personal aesthetics, sense of color, shape, and spatial concepts of the painter.
Geometric construction underlies all my compositions, overlaid with uncomplicated sketches of the figure in graphite. In general, the works are executed in a technique frequently called 'fat over lean', intertwined with several glazes that begin to establish the color relationships. I prefer to have the graphite unfixed on the canvas, mixing the first layers of lean paint right into the graphite in order to maintain linear shapes. Whether traditional or improvised, the color arrangement frequently determines the tone or emotion of the work.
Concisely, I am inspired by the colors of Franz Marc, Manet, and the Italian Futurists, the brushwork of Eakins, Sargeant, and other representational American painters. My painting experience began with the classic, academic tradition of the Washington, D.C. Color School, under the tutelage of John Winslow. Most recently, portrait and figural studies at the Art Students League of New York, working under Master Painters, Joseph Peller and Thomas Torak, have greatly influenced the direction of my present work.
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