When the mind of an artist is charged with passion and hope, the hands can illustrate the depth of their emotions, and the canvas becomes a window into their heart.
I create mixed media works to reveal the value and beauty of the natural world. As the son of an accomplished artist, I have spent a lifetime immersed in the realm of artistic expression. I have studied a variety of art forms, with a particular interest in those that enable me to create and deliver compelling stories to an audience. Today, I strive to produce galvanizing works of exceptional detail and quality.
The texture of the stone and the fragrance of the rose are appreciated when we break away from life’s normal routine to enjoy the full substance of their existence. To enjoy and appreciate the full substance of all the world around us, is to know the entire experience of life.
In my mind, art achieves its most valuable service when it inspires an audience to feel an intimate connection with the world beyond the self or encourages the viewer to contemplate the morality of their own way of life.
When we question the morality of our interactions with the world, compassion is alive within us, and there remains a potential to achieve greater degrees of equality and peace among all life. But when we become indifferent, when we no longer question right and wrong, nor the impact of our actions on others, we lose the ability to grow together and to progress in a positive direction in harmony with the world around us. Questioning the goodness of our actions marks the difference between being truly alive, and somewhat dead inside. It is this deadness that I seek to change through art.
As the writer, Viktor Shklovsky remarked, “Art exists that one may recover the sensation of life; it exists to make one feel things, to make the stone stony.”
We tend to accept life in the form in which it is handed to us. We adopt ways of living defined by technological innovation. And our interactions with the world are shaped by the ideologies of our time and the forces of social conditioning. But the abundant extravagances of the modern world often tarnish the quality of our own lives. As many people have remarked, we are so busy trying to experience everything, that we no longer feel the full substance of anything. And all too often, our encounters with the animate life occur through the inanimate window of technology. So, the stone loses its texture and the rose its fragrance.
The overarching theme of my artwork is Drawing for Change. It is every ounce of the artist and environmentalist within me poured out onto sheets of paper. It’s my attempt to reveal to the audience the full substance of life, so that they may appreciate the difference between living, and being truly alive.
To illustrate the ineffable and inimitable beauty of wildlife and wild places to help an audience avoid the paralysis of indifference and the pitfalls of passivity that impede environmental protection and progress toward a sustainable human existence.
To produce artwork of aesthetic, social, and commercial value to contribute to and enhance the services of art in society, while creating a mechanism for generating ongoing donations to non-for-profit organizations working for causes that are dear to my heart.
The 19th and 20th Centuries were a period of radical technological progress; the age of innovation. I believe that the 21st Century is the age of realization; a period in which we will come to see the true consequences of much of our sensational progress. This is not to say that we are doomed, but that the coming decades will be a period of extraordinary learning and growth. We will come to see what works, and what doesn’t, and new policies will pave the way to a sustainable existence.