Born (1952), lives, and probably dies in Seattle, though
It might be fine to
expire in New Mexico. I have drawn my
entire life, but I didn't
start painting until
I was 35. I've been a Zen student
for 25 years, I hope I've picked
up some wabi-sabi along the trail.
In the Northwest I'm
, in Phoenix by
, and in British
Columbia I'm at
A 360 degree panorama
of my studio.
I have a simple
strategy that I've used for years now.
Take a uniformly textured surface,
cover it with a fluid medium, let the
media and texture interact.
This approach mimics the way natural
processes and our built environment
interact. Concrete pavers drying after
a rain produce light and dark shapes
arranged on a grid. Drifting flower
petals accumulate on sidewalks,
outlining curbs and cracks. Traffic
markings erode and are repainted, eventually producing
patterns layered with history. So the
poles of culture and nature ride
together, not really separate after
This is what I'm after in my work,
pattern that carries time and process
within it. In the same way that
through closely observing a stream one
can experience the vastness of nature,
I intend my paintings to provide an
opening into the underlying forces and
rhythms that animate the natural forms
of the world.