As some of you know, I have been slowly transitioning towards an “abstract” style of painting. Along the way, I have tried many sources for my inspiration. As a whole though, creating works that might resemble a relic or a sacred icon (though mostly arbitrary in execution) sprinkled with lots of goof humor, has been my catalyst, and along the way I have discovered I love playing with curvilinear forms, circles and color.
More recently, I have incorporated forms found in nature, dandelions and other spikey weeds, into my shapes I create in my art.
In my latest work, “Dandelion Lady” I give the status of Dandelion a much over due place of reverence. I love the curvilinear symmetry of dandelion leaves and the stages at which the dandelion flowers and then spreads it’s floating starters in the air.
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I think, as an artist, you should always move forward in your art. If you try to compare your past with your present work too much, you run the risk of stalling progress, and ultimately killing all your creative energy. I do, however, think that it can be interesting to hold an older work of art next to something current to get an idea what path you’re on. I know it helps me articulate more effectively the direction I am going knowing where I came from.
Below are two paintings from different periods in my art career. The Top one is from 2002 and the bottom is from this year. I had a vague idea where I wanted my art to go, but in 2002, I wouldn’t have guessed it would become so abstract. It is clear now that I was on a journey for deeper, more universal truths through expression and experimentation. That’s the path I am on today.