There seems nothing so difficult, and at times, so seemingly unnecessary as for an artist to draft an “Artist’s Statement”- to have to explain one’s work. There is, after all, no right way or wrong way to make art. You create art based on your own experiences. The observer responds to it – positive, negative or indifferent. That’s it. The question is not whether it is good or bad art, but rather, what is art? The answer, I think, says more about the observer than the art.
For lack of a better term, I consider myself to be a contemporary “realist” painter. It is my language. My artwork brings together more than twenty-five years of experience as a graphic designer, illustrator, and watercolorist and a lifetime appreciation of the rural landscape. They exist as visual commentaries on the land and the continuing cycles of life in the Midwest that have transformed this landscape into what it is today. Though much of my work is devoid of human form, the elements that I portray are evocative of man’s influence upon the land – the farmsteads, the fields, the roads,- all of which have their stories to tell, of generations come and gone. Many of the older buildings hold a particular appeal in that they appear not so much to have been built on the land but more that they seem to have grown from the land.
Though I have been influenced by a wide variety of artists, I feel no compulsion to adhere to a set “style” that suits the subject and its mood. Within the framework of my art, light form and color play an integral part. They provide the essential elements of the landscape – the shape of a shadow on a barn wall, the color of corn in tassel, the brilliance of sumac in the Fall, the reflection on water. This is what I ask you to experience.
My art does not contain any conscious social or psychological message. Others dwell more than enough on the meaning of life…the ills and shortcomings of the contemporary world. I paint simply what I find to be beautiful. The debate, the commentary, I will leave to others. It is my objective to make a painting that is sensitive and beautiful – a painting that needs no exclamation, no explanation, that can make people realize that “the big picture” is made up of small, simple things that we need to be able to enjoy – just because they are beautiful.