Standing next to in progress work 'Rain Totem' 2016
Phenomenological viewpoint of art is for me a survival technique. Realizing my art, the world for that matter, is filtered through my likes and dislikes, biases and prejudices. Has formed my philosophy of art and life.
The only world that an artist makes is a world where objects have their own special meanings to that artist and that may have an entirely difference meaning to the viewer. Influenced by up-bringing, education, culture, and many other factors each person sees the world uniquely.
My art is MY art. It is my world view and filtered by interactions and interpretations of the world of things, ideas and words. The viewer of my art also brings their background and philosophies. You may find a connection like enjoy my art or you my not like it. My goal as an artist is conceive the art and be able to effectively present it as a view of my life's experiences.
I first became involved in working with wood at the age of 26 by creating furniture and cabinets. Reading, learning, and doing led to an understanding of what worked and what did not, and provided challenges as well as enjoyment. About 1978 I made my first abstract wood sculpture: a small, laminated oak, paduk, and walnut piece in the shape of an ocean wave forming and crashing. I still have it on my dresser, and still enjoy it--a reminder of where I have been and how rapidly time has passed.
As I made furniture over the next 25 years, my woodworking skills became more refined, and pieces began transforming into functional art objects. I would often make small, free-form sculptures out of left-over wood and enjoyed creating those sculptures more than any other part of my furniture business.
In 2003 I put down the tools of the furniture trade to focus exclusively on the sculptures. For nearly five years I resisted the urge to just jump in and read extensively to try to understand why the abstract style of art felt right for me. I studied color, line and form theory, and filled notebooks with sketches. Many of these early sketches later evolved into my floor sculptures, and what I learned often gives me the push forward when I have a design problem.
The floor sculptures were my first full-sized attempts at non-objective art, still using my old friend wood, but also expanding my media to fused glass and incorporating brass, stainless steel, rice paper and lexan. I greatly enjoy making not only small table-top metal sculptures, after teaching myself welding, but also large pieces for yard art. These welded pieces give a feeling of permanence and durability, even for the small table-top sculptures.
I have exhibited in four galleries and though good sales the galleries have either closed or changed ownership. All this led to me opening my own shop gallery, the Neutral Gray Gallery that you are now visiting via web. I now again feel it is time to pursue gallery exhibitions to exposure my art to a larger audience.
The journey I have taken so far has been exciting and personally enlightening, but the journey has just begun.