my earliest artistic years I pursued German Expressionism and Abstract
Expressionism which gradually evolved into Abstraction and finally into
images came from natural forms, it was a natural progression to the
landscape. My fascination with the land-scene, itsí awesome space,
grandeur, solitude and spirituality kept me committed until I moved my
studio to Oakland near the estuary.
I have been inspired by
the complexity and beauty of marine-industrial images. Adding
machinery to the "land-scenes" has been as exciting process of discovery
and immense artistic growth and development.
To capture a "sense of
place", different elements from many studies are combined to make a
composition. Canaletto, among others, inspired me to paint these scenes
with realistic detail and a meticulous working procedure. The edges are
soft and blended with images developed by applying many thin layers of
oil paint. Working on top of a dark alkyd under-painting, more depth,
luminosity, vibrancy and intensity of color are achieved. Directional
light, specific time of day with reflections or double images are as
important to me as a classical central focal point on the canvas. I like
the juxtaposition of hard, dense solid metal/wood against soft, fluid,
translucent sky/water. Reflections or double images add another
dimension and more interest to a composition.
The animate urban
"marine-scenes" have a similar spiritualism and spatial quality as the
earlier and, now, later "land-scenes". Having come almost full circle, I
am again painting land-scenes, but, which are very different from the
earlier ones. They are much more defined and technically complex after a
decade of having paid such close attention to detail in the
"marine-scenes". Paradoxically, the "marine-scenes" are a timely visual
documentation of the area and industry while the land-scenes are a
visual interpretation of the place and space rendered.