It is the natural world––the landscape and the myriad creatures that inhabit it––that offers me both inspiration and motif in my work. Recent work include paintings, all of which were painted in 2020. Additionally there is a selected archive of paintings. These are works organized thematically and completed over a relatively long period.
Though painting and drawing have long been integral to my artistic pursuits, I have also been drawn to printmaking, specifically woodcuts. It is the physicality of the process that attracts me to this art form. The woodcut is a drawing carved in a block of wood––a distillation of observation and experience and, for me, the quest to reveal an intimate and sometimes elusive truth about the subject. When carving with hand tools––knives, chisels, gouges––or when using a dremel, there is an immediacy and directness which totally engages me. I like the resistance of the wood. It imposes limitations that encourage an essential simplicity and, sometimes, a surprise, in the final print. When working on a woodblock, I am often able to subdue my thoughts and reach an almost meditative state.
With collage, I have diverged from the natural world as theme. By its very nature, collage is an assemblage of diverse elements, and the process allows for a more thoughtful and perhaps playful interplay of ideas.
The Apple Tree, 14 x 18 inches, oil on canvas, 2020