Time spent with children over the years has been one of the primary inspirations for my return to artmaking as an adult. Children's art exists without meaningful reference to the word "art" as so many of us use it. Rather, art is just what they do as human beings. Something special? Not necessarily. Something vital? Without doubt. This has become my own thinking about "art," and it brings joy to my own process.
This process brings my inner world out, in ways that are not fully under my control. In making images, I dance with the imagination and the materials, and "what is produced" is that relationship, the record of it.
My influences as an artist are many, but I will list here four of the greatest.
First, the influence of landscape. Mountains, plains, and water pop up unexpectedly and even unbidden, often as backdrops for the core imagery. My childhood in Duluth and my backpacking trips to Montana have permanently captured a part of my psyche, and so they rise up at times in the work. Their appearance can be subtle, or sometimes as the direct theme.
The influence of bio-forms is also a common visual theme. From the little ones, I have come to appreciate just how strange and wondrous are the shapes and parts that make up (or are) living things. My lines and doodles drift in that direction and become imagined flowers, animals, trees, and mushrooms, and so many larger works are begun.
A kind of rough geometry touches my work. It grew organically out of looking and drawing and doodling, and now I often make designs that link line and shape, sometimes webbing their way across the backdrop, or into/around/within visual objects.
I am influenced by the chaotic and the insane nature of the mind: a part of us all. Abstract and blind images come up, either by themselves or with some actual starting point. They can be embellished with bright colors or other intuitive additions/alterations.
I am a self-taught artist, although I did work professionally for a period of time, selling my work and taking commissions. Art is something I do to discover more of what I am. Each piece says something of this.
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