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"It is not a matter of painting life, it's a matter of giving life to a painting."-Pierre Bonnard
I paint because while my mother was pregnant she worked in a gallery and I smelled oils, turpentine, and varnishes before my first taste of milk. I paint because at the age of 10, I saw a beautiful reproduction of a Modigliani nude and I fell in love. I paint to try to make sense of the whole circus: birth, life, joy, suffering, decay and death. I paint because I have tried poetry, prose, videography, movie-making and photography, and Painting is still calling me. I paint to align my Heart, Mind and Body. I paint to be close to Creation. I paint because 1+1=3. I paint to be Human. I paint to be. I paint.
For me art is a perpetually inventive and creative process. Over the years I have developed several mediums:
- Oil painting on canvas
- Etching and enhancing photography by hand
- Painting with inks and dyes on Epson Pro Photo paper
- Reverse Prints
- Book illustration
I have exhibited widely in the US, Europe, and Asia. My work also is in private collections in France, USA, Holland, UK, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore. I am represented currently by Gallery 44 (Colorado Springs, CO).
Iʼve recently moved to New Mexico and live in the Pojoaque River Valley with my wife Mary L. Grow, who is also on this art tour (see fiber arts). I invite you to visit Studio 17 by appointment all year long and to enjoy our art during the Pojoaque River Art Tour.