My first moment of excitement over an artistic work was through the film West Side
Story. Such color, such movement; I
was only ten. A new world opened when I discovered art on paper and canvas. Bernard
Buffet was my first influence, and how different was his style; angular, monotone,
a whole new facet of painting and one that has stuck with me for years.
Schooling later taught me the basics, but not the feeling for my works, so I threw
out nearly every idea I had been taught ( they were other people's choices, not mine,
anyway) and let the brush, the pen, the graphite stick be my teacher. This truly
has only happened in the last decade.
I want people to be stopped by my works, surprised at a straight line where there
should be a curve, red where one
would expect blue, and often a blank space where their own imagination can fill in
where I want to challenge their own thoughts.
After all, art is a challenge, one i hope my viewers can appreciate and use to become
enveloped in the moment.