Russia, Mother Russia . Group show guest curated by Chris Crites.
At Shoreline City Hall Art Gallery (4th floor, 17500 Midvale Ave N)
October 13, 2016–April 21, 2017
My main source of inspiration and renewal, in life as well as art, has always been natural spaces. So I simply try to create beautiful places in my paintings. What intrigues me is the complexity of the natural world, the constant transformations taking place that are impossible to capture. I think our spiritual and creative life is in similar flux, much as we'd like to think we are in control of every thought. So in the imaginary landscapes I draw, there is always movement and ambiguity.
I think this way of seeing is one of the keys to the mystery of how we create correspondences between, say, an abstract brushstroke and a memory of a babbling brook. I like to leave the maker's marks, the means of creating illusion, quite apparent to the viewer. Although I do a lot of plein air drawing , the more complex paintings are from memories of observation rather than direct observation, inviting the viewer to explore the terrain between abstraction and recognition.
There are two main spheres of influence on my technique. My training in designing typefaces has heightened my awareness of how the edges and spaces between things define what we see. And my admiration for Chinese brush painting has shown me how you can create opulence from the humblest of tools. My most recent paintings have been about brining these two spheres, the east and west in me, into some kind of fresh synthesis.