I’m livin’ the life in Greenwood with my temporary second studio at the Seattle Artist League. Mission One during my autumn stay here is to create a large wood panel painting for my upcoming January 2017 show at Smith and Vallee Gallery in Edison, WA.
I’m working with the visual complexity of a nurse log in an old growth forest, combining the enormous fallen tree with the delicate botanical growth it nurtures. It’s a mix of the epic and the puny, of the maternal and most macho.
I’m also considering big data and the analyst’s responsibility to let the data speak for itself, and not insert myself too early by simplifying and classifying.
I am studying how others in art history have organized the seeming chaos of organic botanical growth. My artistic inspirations include devotional art from the Northern Rensaissance, the textiles of Mariano Fortuny and William Morris, and the paintings of Gustav Klimt, Egon Shiele and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. For good luck, I have a portrait of Gerhard Richter watching over me.
I’m sharing my process with the students of Seattle Artist League, and that has been really enjoyable. I try to be brief and humorous, and I get to show off the color studies which have been integral to this project. On November 11 from 6-9pm Seattle Artist League will be open for Greenwood Art Walk, and I’ll share my painting with everyone then. It won’t be quite finished, but it definitely will have its proper direction. Hope to see you there.