About This Piece
This piece was made for the premiere of a movie"Broken Tail", showing at the Santa Rosa Film Festival,about the tigers of India.
My art, which is very personal in its nature, deals with what I call the “human condition”-events from my life, and from what is happening in the world around me, mostly using the human figure as my means of expression. Much of what I do also reflects the influences of the arts of other cultures and civilizations, encountered during my extensive travels throughout the world. I feel that there is a caravan that started many thousands of years ago, and each of us gets a chance, if not to be on the caravan, to at least contribute something into the saddlebags. The caravan is there for all of us, who come afterwards, to learn from. I believe that the role of the artist is to fulfill the human expression of the time in which we live.
Our aesthetic training usually translates our visual experiences into two-dimensional responses, and yet our intuition often feels them as three-dimensional. Each has its own impact, evoking different emotional impressions. I have coupled these two perceptions to create work that is no longer “painting” or “sculpture”, but a synthesis I call “construction/painting”, oil painting on shaped canvases mixed with wood sculpture and other materials. Much of my recent work has been with mixed-media collages, as well as collage/sculptures on rotating cylinders. By using a great variety of papers, and pastels, charcoal, ink and watercolor, the sense of intuitive spontaneity required in these pieces becomes a welcome counter-balance to the discipline necessary for my larger pieces.
My art is like my children, constantly growing and maturing, always searching for a more powerful and eloquent means of communication.