Juried Art Exhibition
Juried Art Exhibition
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Oakland, California USA
Abstract on Canvas #61
I began my journey as an artist in my mid-twenties with the medium of black and white photography. It was through that medium and the generosity of a few special mentors that I learned the fundamentals of form, line and balance within a frame; universal concepts that apply to all visual arts. In my mid-thirties I began to experiment with small format line and color drawings on paper. With my own hand, and the process of constructing-deconstructing-reconstructing I found that I could get to the essence of the image more finely and more efficiently than I could with photography.
My process is very intuitive. My works evolve. Every action has an influence on future actions. A work therefore is the sum total of all actions, whether or not individual actions survive in the finished work. The concept of completion is a blurry concept in my work. Typically I live with a work for a period of time before I consider it finished.
This image exemplifies my process rather well. The original intent was to extend a previous work into a series. However the initial pass of color and structure development did not work so well. I could not develop the feel of the image. Finally I made the decision to paint over the image, but the first pass was only partial. Some of the initial color remained. Suddenly things started to happen, idea, intuition, feeling coming together as one.
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