ARTIST STATEMENT

 

 

 Photo by Bob Studzinski 

 

My work shares qualities with movie stills, Byzantine icons and Persian miniatures.  I avoid textured brushwork, perspective and other methods of subverting the machinery of the eye, preferring visual stillness instead.  The medium is one-shot oil enamel, a paint once used for painting signs and now mostly limited to car detailing.  Surfaces used are board, plywood and found objects.  My pieces are stories which take shape only when someone sees them.  I have a narrative loosely in mind, but the real goal is to grab attention, arouse curiosity, set up some recognizable visual parameters, then step back and see what happens.  I make strange, beautifully crafted objects which encourage repeat viewing and contemplative conversation.   Attention which has been captured and kept steady is capable of great things.