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  • The Lamp is guarded by torrent and flame. Only one can use it. Pandora's her name. She lives at the corner of Ciao and Mein. In this cartoon universe Aladdin's lamp and Pandora's box are forged in the same fire. Happiness derives not from having all you want but from wanting all you have. Choose your wishes with care.

    I've long said words are my paint. Now pictures tell my stories. Inspired by a wide and diverse variety of artists I mix media and materials to develop a style I call Surreal and Symbolic Absurd Expressionism of Narrative Kitsch.

    Canvas and paper become the stage upon which I tell my tales. The act of painting is the performance. The resulting image is a record of the act, an impression of an expression of experience, imbued with one meaning for the artist and containing an entirely separate significance for the audience.

    I hold allegiance to no particular school or philosophy of painting. In the brave new online world of digital high definition where image is appropriated, co-opted, manipulated and agenda driven, I strive in my paintings to eschew the conventional, discard conformity and abandon rationality in favor of absurdity, nonsense, chaos and comedy. My aesthetic is deeply rooted in the fundamental dogmatic principles of the First Church Of The Last Resort.

    I often begin with blank paper and no preconceived notions about what the lines will be or where they will take me. I simply know I want to deceive function by distorting form and formula. The initial burst of lines and energy and expression are automatic and hallucinatory. Afterwards I put the work aside. Leave it to percolate awhile. I go to the beach. I read a book. I cook a meal. Upon my return to the studio I begin a deliberate course of construction utilizing colors and a wide variety of media- pencils, colored pencils, crayons, ink, watercolor and acrylic to formally compose the image in a manner that would most complement the frenzied animation of the initial creative rush.

    The work begins as an act of random chance. The effort is a deliberately non-deliberate exercise to disengage the brain in order to more fully engage the mind in creative endeavor. To achieve the orchestration of chaos into random groupings with no regard to, nor restraint in service of, symmetry, order or cohesion, yet generating those exact effects and varying degrees thereof while establishing narrative and composing a story, is the goal of the exercise. Elements from nature, plastic and concrete constructions of abstract imagery, real and imagined fabrications of form and function, suggesting detail while suppressing it, the application of color in the service of light and the accentuation of light through the deliberate manipulation of color...

    All of these machinations enter into play during the course of creating, executing and completing the composition. The journey's beginning may foreshadow yet cannot accurately predict the journey's end which may sprout forth from the roots of the vision's first flowering but is an independent entity, a spawn of the original, a hybrid manifestation of the merging of chaos and order designed to achieve the illusion of consciously orchestrated and synchronous accidents of haphazard occurrence existing simultaneously in dynamic harmony.

    In the interlude between dreams and reality, between sleep and consciousness, between sound and silence, elements of both the natural world and the surreal exist side by side in asymmetrical harmony. Connected by intersecting planes of action and lines attachment each one animates the next to achieve an illusion of representational order and the delineation of chaos as a unified field.


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    Image - "The Lamp" - Acrylic, ink, colored pencil & metallic Sharpie pen on canvas - Poole '14 - SOLD!
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