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ARTIST STATEMENT

I’ve been painting and sculpting nearly my entire life. Creating is a fundamental part of who I am, and working in the studio is essential to my health and happiness.

My formal studies are from Carnegie Institute, Carnegie-Mellon University, and the School of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. My personal aesthetic and plastic vocabulary come from my own studies of metaphysics, ancient civilizations, and human spirituality.

Since the early 90’s, I’ve used volcanic rock, exclusively, as my painting medium. I’ve developed a number of techniques that enable me to use the Earth as a painting medium, and to the best of my knowledge I’m unique in this aspect. Using the Earth element as an art material is important to my personal aesthetic too. It’s alchemical; being once liquid in the belly of the Earth, now a solid in my hand as I move it on the painting surface. As a memetic element, it has the potential to inject the Earth into art and onto the wall.

The images, shapes, languages and colors come to me as signals. It’s a bit like a waking dream. I try to act as a clear channel for these signals, and allow them to speak. In doing so I try hard to extinguish all beliefs as best I can. Beliefs are the root of prejudice, judgment, precondition,… and form the rules for the firewall of our experienced reality. As a clear channel then, my hope is that the imagery remolds and shifts entrenched perceptions and is a catalyst for a more open mind.

 

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