I was born in 1951 and was greatly influenced by the abstract expressionist art of the 50’s and 60’s, Experimental and breaking the rules of what art could be.
I graduated from the University of Kansas in 1976 with a bachelors degree in fine art. Studied Zen Buddhism for nine months in 1979 in Haiku on the island of Maui with Roshi Robert Aitken.
In 2015 I retired after 35 years in retail management with a San Francisco bay area art supply company and I am now pursuing art and philosophy in the abstract.
Art. As an abstract artist today, I believe that art is the creation of images which communicate something important to the observer which cannot be expressed in words. The language of words is a closed set. There are a finite amount of words attempting to express an infinite amount of wisdom. There is an enormous amount of knowledge and enlightenment outside of words and ultimately outside of images as well. I choose to paint in the abstract style of art as I believe that this style has the greatness potential for me to share universal expressions of the inner self.
Practice. The purpose of being an artist is ultimately not in the finished artwork, but in the practice of creating itself. The finished works are merely a visual journal of the voyage of self-expression. To truly express our selves, we must be selfless. Fearlessly taking pause from the agenda of the ego and allowing our true nature to present itself through creativity. Practice is unfolding these creative moments in time. I have realized over time that when I am at my most creative I am allowing the artwork to create itself. It’s not in the thinking but in the doing.
Garage Art 2019