Welcome to the Main Gallery.
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I explore painting in a classically realistic style from live observation. I most often work with "indirect", or layered, painting techniques to produce these works.
My goal is to create contemporary works, with contemporary themes, while using this classical approach. The use of this classical style is, in itself, a statement I make with my work which is still-life based even though the objects and themes may be non-traditional. I find value in painting history and the preservation of techniques we are in danger of losing. Techniques can expand our vocabulary so we can visually write poetry and tell stories and ask questions.
I hope to pay homage to accumulated wisdom but I don't idealize the past. I feel we live in a culture obsessed with "the news" and what is new and what is the next hot fad. This comes at a cost. It can hollow us out, spiritually, as a community, and can make us grasp at unattainable and unfulfilling ways of life. By using classical realism as the mode of my expression, I often feel I'm swimming upstream against this current, and I think it's good.
I want to bridge my time and my way of living with those that came before me, that seem radically different. Because really, I feel our most basic human needs, drives, desires, and questions are the same as they have always been, and many of our modern advances are superficial in comparison to the grandeur of nature and the ultimate mysteries of life.
In recent history the magical, transcendent, transportive, illusory qualities of the old ways of painting and concepts of art have been somewhat dismissed, or even demonized, as being an antiquated or irrelevant way of using and viewing art, or seeing the world, without merit to the modern artist or viewer. I disagree.
I feel this is exactly the time in which we need to explore and address the magical, transcendent, transportive, and illusory nature that classical painting brings to our world so that we can ask more seriously what is real in our lives and what do we value.