Artist Statement

I work mainly in gouaches, which I make myself, on paper. This work is fed by an ink-drawing practice, and in turn it feeds work in other mediums, primarily acrylic paintings. Stylistically, I take cues from the Asian poet-painter tradition and American figurative modernism. My subject matter is the vocabulary of still life, interior, landscape, and figure, but my interest in language prompts me to explore poetry and comics as well. Of great import to me are Sengai, David Park, and Kenneth Patchen.

My main concern is visual quality, and I strive for it in a spirit of agnosticism about the reliability of any particular method to achieve it. Sometimes carefulness is required, sometimes one must discard it. Sometimes more paint is required, sometimes less. The same goes for style, technique, subject matter, philosophical attachments, and all other aspects of making art.

Nevertheless those things are needed, and one intuits one's way forward, choosing among them. I am drawn to a pared-down style of outlines and filled-in colors, subtly modulated. I would like the resulting works to be poems of hues, with readable if understated narratives.