My earliest memory is the pattern of light and shadow made by the blinds next to my crib. Light has been the author of memorable events ever since: islands of color under street lamps; rainbows formed by the lashes of my nearly closed eyes; the long minutes of a freighter dissolving in sunset; a boy’s first look at the moon through a telescope.
Light has been an instrument of beauty in my life. And painting has been a way to enter the game.
Practicing the craft proved to be more than that of course. Painting is an avenue to accomplishment, personal control and freedom. I find meaning and purpose in making images that have never before seen the light of day.
I am attracted to mystery and discovery. The art ism’s I explored were really personal investigations that left a trail of paint leading to the future, the spirit, the nature of color and the love of place.
All these investigations have been worth my attention for years at a time.
My methods are straightforward – a graphite composition, followed by one or more small color studies, and finally a large painting in oil or acrylic. The process allows an in depth look that begins with complete freedom and becomes more critical as it moves toward completion. It follows a five-step pattern of Discovery, Balancing, Refinement, Production and Invention. I am at heart an explorer whose jungle is the imagination and an inventor and whose factory is the studio.
Painted professionally for 39 years. Spent several years in each of these disciplines: architectural illustration; science fiction/fantasy; commercial; myth/surreal; impressionism; abstraction.
Current work is Abstract Realism in which some scenes/objects are identifiable; cityscapes of Seattle and Puget Sound. Developed a method, called Undirected Drawing, for creating unexpected graphite compositions.
Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery in Bellevue WA