Recent public art and gallery shows.
Years ago I took a Continuing Studies Drawing class taught by Michael David Brown at MICA. One class he brought in a box of wax oil crayons and a bottle of black sumi ink and showed us how to make wax resist drawings. It’s an elementary school technique that I'd long forgotten about. The best things I learn as an artist are what I already know.
Another Box of Crayons
Selected crayon drawings from 2017.
Selected 2016 Paintings
BMA Painting Demo
I was asked by Jessica Braiterman, the Manager of Community Engagement and Learning at the Baltimore Museum of Art to do a painting demo in conjunction with the Matisse/Diebenkorn show opening. She thought of me because my work is very Matisse influenced. I was more than happy to set up a mini studio that day in the BMA and do what I'd be doing anyway in my studio. These are some of the paintings I started then.
Trout Fishing in America
Back in the late 60s and early 70s (when the world was still flat) Richard Brautigan’s books were a must read for us bell bottom panted paisley shirted long hair hippie freaks. He wrote short books that were easy to ingest between war protests and recreational drug adventures. I came upon my stash of his books this year when I was cleaning out my home studio. His books feel just as good to me now.
These images come from a chapter in his "Trout Fishing in America" book that spoke to me about pursuing your passion and that the real reward is the pursuit, not the results. The chapter is about a guy named Alonso Hagan who keeps a diary of his trout fishing over seven years. He never caught a trout. He went fishing 160 times and lost 2,231 trout for a seven-year average of 13.9 trout lost every time he went fishing.
He wrote an epitaph about his fishing. I used the words in my series of drawings.
‘I’ve had it
I’ve gone fishing now for seven years
and I haven’t caught a single trout
I’ve lost every trout I ever hooked
They either jump off
or twist off
or squirm off
or break my lead
or flop off
or fuck off
I’ve never even gotten my hands on a trout
For all its frustration
I believe it was an interesting experiment
in total loss
but next year somebody else
will have to go trout fishing
Somebody else will have to go