Recent Figure Paintings
After paintings landscapes for many years, the figure forced its way back into my work in about 2010. Now I combine my landscape painting with my earlier figure painting in an attempt to synthesize my two main working methods.
All the elements in my landscape paintings have been taken directly from sketches of specific local sites, but they are combined and altered in my studio to construct a creative synthesis.
My experimental landscapes were part of a series that attempted to develop a method that put the drawings of juxtaposed landscapes into paint.
By 1985 the "transcendental" qualities of my figures became too divorced from the reality of contemporary society. This led to a crisis that was finally resolved with these large, horizontal landscape drawings They were all done from life.
These drawings in pastel, oil pastel and Caran D.Ache led me to enrich the surfaces of my paintings.
The conceptual drawings led to painting. It was a pleasure and a relief to use color again. After teaching in Florence, Italy and traveling in Europe in 1973, I decided to try to paint ambitious ideas, even if they were "out of style." My subject matter became figures expressing basic, timeless emotions in a contemporary landscape. My technique was somewhere between Masso di Banco and R. Margritte. I left the pursuit of avant-garde art behind and tried to connect to a longer, broader and deeper tradition.
After experimenting with Earth Works, Minimalist Sculpture and Performance Art, I decided to use drawing to express certain conceptual concepts.
Using a Calcomp Plotter 573 with a computer and punch cards, I attempted to remove any remaining vestiges of my formalist training as an Abstract Expressionist.
As a recent MFA grad, I was still trying to understand contemporary art and to find my own way of painting. Grasping Pop Art was my first attempt at connecting to the current art scene. I used Sears and Roebuck catalogs as subject matter and as a symbol of American consumer society.