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Boy in the Woods

Boy in the Woods

34" x 42"
Oil on Canvas
2002

“...the power which adds the supreme flavor to existence—the power of taking hold of experience, of turning it round, slowly, in the light.”

From Mrs. Dalloway
by Virginia Woolf

We all experience moments of clarity when people, environments, and familiar forms resonate with a heightened sense of presence. I paint to capture those moments. I paint in response to great works of art and to those explorations by artists that I respect and learn from. I liken it to playing with a group of musicians- like jazz. One is not always alone at the easel. Toward the end of his life, in a great mythical painting, Poussin likened this experience to that of standing on the shoulders of great artists from the past.

I have studied anatomy with a passion. I have explored-and continue to explore-the techniques employed by my favorite artists for the love of the medium and its possibilities. Giorgione, Titian, Bellini, Tintoretto, Remedios Varo, Vermeer, Peter de Hooch, Zurburan, Rembrandt, Rubens, Constable, Corot, and others. I search out the compositional ideas that one can find operating in great works. I am particularly enchanted by the transformative power of light and how the concept of light has been used throughout the history of painting.