The Water’s Edge
Call for Entries Accepted Artists
Lake Arrowhead, California,
My paintings all reflect a sense of anticipation. I like to start with a simple idea, for Fountain Frolic it was ‘water as sculpture’, and then place objects on the canvas, building up a set of complex relationships around the central theme. Other than the initial composition on a computer, I don’t do any drawings ahead of time, so I am never quite sure where a painting will take me from one session to the next. I am always surprised at the final product.
I work much like an archeologist at a new dig. The first thing I do is identify points of interest, the curve of a leg, an elbow, a pattern in a rock, a reflection in a puddle, the sharp edge of a shadow, always pieces of the unfolding puzzle, never the whole. Then I start polishing each of these small artifacts with layers of color until they shine with a jeweled brilliance. I am not content until I’ve unearthed all of treasures this single fragment of time contains.
Having spent most of my life in Southern California, my paintings tend to be on large canvases with bold colors in hi-definition. One can identify themes of water, blue skies, and automobiles throughout most of my work.