Opening Reception Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 6:00pm
I am primarily a figurative painter and have done only minor exploration into the abstract. The genesis of this series began in Portland, Oregon in 2008. I’d done a painting in acrylic based on an idea suggested by my painting group, anthropomorphism. I had an experiment from a seminar that I’d taught at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in my basement which I embellished by pushing and pulling the shapes, adding eyes and rows of teeth. The painting was a great success, a man stopped me on the train and asked if I had a web site and if he could buy the work. I said it wasn’t indicative of my style or subject and set the work aside.
I left Portland in the late Spring of 2009 and stayed with my brother in Wilmington, NC for the Summer. I found myself without models, a studio and not being much of a plein air painter, any inspiration in the landscape. I did have his garage, lots of wood and some acrylics and the memory of the afore mentioned painting. And so where the Seeds series was born. It started with small pieces, tiny 6” x 6” images and meandered it’s way to larger works. I put the paint on the surface and let it take me places that I’d never been, no limits on color, save for the primaries and a few greens, and shape and no desire to be representational.
The Seeds are a metaphor for my journey from designer and illustrator to painter, the germination of a new beginning.