Jul 24, 2020
I steal color and shapes from Nature: buff and rust sandstone; dark and orderly columnar basalt; rhythmic faulting of Idaho’s Basin and Range; the frozen flow of flood basalt, stacked gneiss; translucent agate and chalcedony; faulting; fracturing; compaction; up-thrust; over-thrust; outcrop; scarp; and the spread of till and sediment across the landscape -- my work is stolen from Nature.
Life details of other cultures, past and present, are intriguing: clothing; jewelry; religion; graven images. I steal others’ cultural details and tweak them to meet my own ends.
The work makes itself: I have little to do with control of it. Results are best when it takes its own shape.
Ink-dyed paper, oil, acrylics, construction products, and found objects are my media--there is nothing that is not a consideration for use. The work is fun from start to finish when control and chance determine the outcome--one never really knows the result except that there will be one.
My work is not profound: I have no political agenda and make no social or moral statements. I make art for the fun, color and construction of it -- each work is a puzzle to be solved by balancing texture, shape and color. Geology, topography, and the Idaho landscape provide the solutions.
I steal art-forms from Nature and other cultures then tweak them into art. I am a thief.