Contemporary Paintings with a Twist:
When I look at contemporary paintings, I enjoy being surprised on some level. Perhaps the subject matter is unexpected, or the medium is used in unusual ways, or a unique combination of colors gives me a pleasant jolt. Collectors of my work are looking for unpredictable art that they haven't seen at every turn. Probably none of their friends has a painting of a cinder block wall, especially one painted on silk. A surprise or two to start the dinner conversation.
I love "What if..." challenges. I awoke one morning wondering what a cinder block wall made of bronze would look like after years of weathering to a fine patina. I know this sounds strange, but this is how ideas for paintings come about. Originally there was no figure in this painting, no content and no design elements other than the shape of the blocks and surface texture. Usually I believe this is enough.
However, for this particular painting, I thought it needed one more element. Influenced by the daily news, with all the stories of hatred, bigotry, and terror, I felt like I needed a zen beacon in the storm. I've used this monk-like figure in several paintings, and it always represents peace and tranquility. I believe the wall and figure live in harmony, each enhancing the other. Also, I believe peace is something we need to choose. Sometimes it doesn't always come naturally. This painting is a reminder of this.