After a long commitment to geometric abstraction, I began painting the rural landscapes of South Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania in 1979. That same year, I began what became a thirty five-year affiliation with the O. K. Harris Gallery in the SoHo section of New York City that includes nine solo exhibitions. O. K. Harris provided a highly articulated context for contemporary exhibitions, built from four decades of exhibitions of the highest quality.
Through three decades of realist landscape painting, my paintings have moved from a sympathetic documentary appearance–akin to the Hudson River School–to greater complexity in structure and temperament, with a process involving extensive in-progress revisions.
That was painting, dealing with traditional media. Enter the digital age. Much has been happening with the creative process. Ultimately, art making is about ideas; and now ideas are flowing with the computer, showing a further connection among all the work I have done – back to abstraction. The flow and precision of the new work is mesmerizing – for me. All the spatial ingredients of landscape space and the visual language are operating with the new imagery. And it’s original. There is a sense of working with painting space, yet not working with familiar territory. The phenomena is there in front of me, immediate and precise.
I’m riding the wave.
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