My drawing is a spontaneous response to what I see. It is not a literal description of surface qualities. It is not a demonstration of facility. It is a process of discovery. It is a search for a internal reality that gives a validity to an object’s reason for being. I work intuitively. Rather than characterize, I work in order to dignify the presence of the subject that I am working from.
The key element of my drawing is to convey the feeling of energy and motion. Regardless of subject matter, this feeling is inherent in all things. It is through a process of deconstruction that these essential elements can be revealed. This process gives meaning to my work.
I maintain the aspect of the gesture approach in my drawing. I want the drawing to live and invoke a response. I invite the viewer to become involved in what it is that they are viewing. I invite the viewer to become part of the process.
I work with a variety of tools: graphite, china marker, oil stick, ink, oil paint. The use of one, or, a combination of several will depend on what it is that I intend to convey. It may be all graphite used in a manner that may not be strictly from the end of a pencil. Eraser is also employed as a drawing tool rather than just an eradication device. Although I have painted, my use and application of color is more consistent with the nature of drawing. My choice of tools is a spontaneous reaction, as well, and not predetermined. I make tool choices during the course of working on a drawing. I don’t draw with a sense of limitation. As a drawing continues, it becomes itself as a composition. The drawing will then dictate it’s own direction. It will reveal itself as an entity with life and purpose. I will ensure that the drawing is then allowed to exist independently and to allude to the truth.
I will draw from the same source repeatedly. Changing the composition, using different materials, and changing my vantage point, enables me to see and draw the same subject with more confidence. With each drawing there is greater understanding which leads to more possibilities in describing the true nature of my subject. Each drawing is unique and are not studies for an end product. Drawing is a challenge met only by the use of line.
“In every work of art, human feeling must prevail over any esthetic system or pictorial method.” - Maurice Utrillo -
“Exactitude is not the truth” - Matisse -