This is an eclectic age in art, an exciting time when artists are working with many different methods and mediums based on divergent philosophical directions. I find myself often embracing these divergent influences. Obviously, my work is not based on a narrowly focused formal series. While, I appreciate the merits of that approach I personally find it creatively stifling.
However, I have found myself drawn to the same subjects and thematic directions throughout my career. The communicative power of the human figure has provided the primary inspiration and challenges for my work since early youth. Cultural and individual perceptions of time and its passage have been another reoccurring theme in my work for many years.
Many of my paintings are layered and juxtaposed with symbolism and allegory accessible from either a cultural, universal or personal level. Enigma and interpretation are certainly part of that process. However, it is my aspiration to create art that does not depend on an elaborate literary statement to express its significance or meaning on a basic level.
Images of water emerge in my work frequently. Water appeals to me on a formal level and as an ancient symbol for life. The intrinsic appeal of water can probably be traced to my youth and the early aesthetic and environmental influences of the Texas Gulf Coast. Many of the recent images of water, above and below the surface are attributable to the island of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean. Cyprus is my wife’s homeland and a place where we have lived and visited frequently in the last decade.