Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on CONTEXT

In order to provide a context for the direction that I have taken in my work, I propose to include my views on some aspects of the 19th and 20th visual arts and their cultural milieu as I see them today. I have done that to some extent in very broad strokes in this website already, and I do not intend to go into a lot of detail here as so much has been written on this subject in one form or another by others. Having said that, here are some further thoughts along these lines.

There seems to be at least three more obvious ways ( we will explore a fourth subtle way later) of giving expression to our experience of the world we live in by means of the visual arts. One way is on a superficial level, another is on a deeper level, and a third can be somewhere in between. The artist of merit who has access to the deeper currents that animate the events of the day, has an intrinsic link to the forces that give impetus to these events be they religious, scientific, technological, the clash of world views, or the riot of armies.

It is interesting to note in this regard that Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) and his subsequent collaboration with Georges Braque in the development of Cubism (1908 – 14) ¬†coincided with the outbreak of the First World War (1914 – 18, over 11 million killed). While these two historical events are distinctly different in form and scale, they nevertheless can be seen as two concrete examples of the invisible underlying forces ¬†on the move at that time. There is a long list of other change agents in the sciences (the new physics etc.), technologies (flying machines, motor cars etc.), and the humanities (world view changes etc.) that contributed to an assault on traditional modern values going forward into the 20th and 21st centuries.

This process of cultural and social upheaval received another massive blow with the eruption of World War Two (1939 – 45, over 59 million killed) that, while its original centre of gravity was in Europe, ultimately pulled the rest of the world into its black hole. The combined pressures of the above called into question all former Western cultural constructs under the rubric of Postmodernism.

More threads to string together next time.


Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Introduction

I am looking forward to writing about my ideas, views on the contemporary visual art scene, and the creative process in general. If my current planning works out, I am hoping to be able to do this on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. It all depends on how this business of stringing words together becomes available to me.

It is my experience that painting a picture or writing about whatever it is that motivated such an action are two different forms of expression. While the motivating content that is seeking expression might be the same in each case, it’s the form that the expression takes that is different.

I find that reaching for what I want to say in the form of writing does not have the same facility that I feel I have when it comes to painting. In any case, they both can start with a feeling or an idea that emerges from within an interior motivating source and rise to awareness where they can be given form if the intention and the means are in place to do so.

A world of ideas, observations, and reflections await delivery into, in this case, a written form. They need ordering, clarification, alignment, if they are to provide coherence in giving them expression. Let’s see what takes form in writing and new paintings in the coming weeks.

Book – In Quest of a Countenance

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Book – In Quest of a Countenance


In Quest of a Countenance: A Search for Meaning in a World in Transition. It contains 100 pages of drawings, paintings, sculpture, poetry, and text, with 61 plates of the images.

Buds and Blossoms

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Blog, Gallery, Newer | Comments Off on Buds and Blossoms

Buds and Blossoms, 2013, 17" x 23"

Buds and Blossoms, 2013, 17″ x 23″

Building the Circle

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Blog, Gallery, Newer | Comments Off on Building the Circle

Building the Circle, 2013, 17" x 23

Building the Circle, 2013, 17″ x 23