"Cities are fascinating creatures. The work and organization that goes into a city’s creation and evolution, the constant shifting and adaptions and layers of changes.. I've been watching cities of sorts (some are perhaps just towns or hamlets or a block party ) evolve in my paintings for some time now. My cities are shaped by: everyday observations; cause and effect; a non-linear narrative; composition, movement and color; sleep deprivation; and at times, a desire to see large groups work together towards a common goal- making something bigger than themselves individually. Though my townsfolk have gone through some difficult and perilous times, I am now trying to focus on growth (which I realize is also frequently difficult). I am trying to put down some roots in a landless landscape and move forward. Nature has found it's way back into the work, and I am still discovering the role it plays and where this is all going. I am curious about the resilience of life and our ability to keep going in the face of ever shifting circumstances. My paintings celebrate this ability and also my love of the urban landscape."
After any pendulum swing of chaos grinds to a slow halt, there will come a time when you will have to decide if you are going to wallow in the rubble or take what remains and create a new empire.
Building upon recent work, I have been in search of a solid ground. A bit less kinetic than past work, I have been trying to take what was left of the world in my paintings and create a stability of sorts, thinking about community ties and the security (or illusion of security) needed to nurture growth. Cities are fascinating creatures that I am just beginning to scratch the surface of. The work and organization that goes into a city’s creation and evolution, the constant shifting and adaptations and the sometimes hidden history of these changes, and a city’s dependence on civilian cooperation are things I like to think about. Reflecting this interest, burgeoning cities have begun to fill in the voids in my paintings. As in life, with a sort of trial and error, some efforts work better in making the whole precarious heap hum. I am consistently fascinated by the resilience of life and our ability to keep going in the face of sometimes horrendous or ridiculous circumstances. My paintings celebrate this fascination and my love of the urban landscape.
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