Picasso said, “Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.” Perhaps because of my background as an illustrator — where I did a lot of detailed realistic rendering — I’ve taken a stripped-down approach to my current work. Using graphite, charcoal, and pastel, I’ve developed a mostly linear style. Though simple, I aim to develop fully realized works that are universally appealing, highlighting the dignity of humanity and a unity with the earth and the creatures we share this planet with. Mostly, I strive for a sense of emotion, symbol, and psychological depth – no small challenge in a mere drawing. I view my drawings not as initial sketches, but as fully-realized artistic statements equal to a painting or sculpture.
A friend recently commented on one of my drawings, and I can’t state my artistic goals any better than they did:
“Nice tension between open space and intense line work. You’ve used a very personalized flat graphic style to portray psychological depth, an excellent accomplishment!”
My work is inspired by the late 19th and early 20th century Masters Picasso, Modigliani, Castorati and Schiele, as well as Japanese woodblock prints. In the future I plan to expand into other mediums, but for now I am happy to continue to explore my artwork through my drawings.
Art exhibits are available for viewing Monday – Friday, 10 am to 5 pm; during public concerts, and by appointment. For more information or to make an appointment, call 734-769-2999.
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