Photograph by Jeff Curto, in Gubbio 10.21.2018.
I am fortunate to live in an place that encourages picture-making. Italy’s distinctive, visually rich environment provides complex layers of forms, shapes, colors, values, and lines — material I gather using photography and drawing, then use to create well-designed, compelling compositions.
I also study pictures by many different artists, looking closely at the ways they manipulate and organize formal devices to construct their pictures, which expands my own ability to compose. My compositions emphasize unique, dynamic shapes arranged in asymmetrical equilibrium relative to each other, and I carefully adjust value and color to create areas of emphasis balanced within that equilibrium.
Recently I’ve introduced generative techniques into my pictures, using the Processing graphics library to build script-generated compositions with hand-drawn vector shapes.
I like to think I’ve entered my “mature period,” but opinions vary.
I was born in New Mexico, and grew up in Los Alamos. I graduated from the College of William and Mary, then studied painting at the New York Academy of Art in New York City, where I earned a MFA degree.
I learned how to make representational pictures of people and things, and used that approach to make narratives describing scenes and telling stories. At a certain point I began to emphasize the material qualities of paint, so I started making abstract pictures.
When I started making pictures in Italy, I created mostly digital vector drawings and photographs. I quickly discovered that all the formal devices I used to compose interesting painted pictures could also be used to make interesting digital pictures. I came to enjoy making compositions more than I liked the process of painting.
I also developed new ways of sharing my pictures with those who enjoy them, both in digital format and as printed objects for physical spaces. I still make paintings, but I take my time with them as they slowly evolve in new directions.
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Photograph by Polly Gaillard, via Zoom 4.11.2020