Full Artist's statement
The P.V. Series — Artist’s Statement
P.V. stands for Puerto Vallarta. Puerto Vallarta is a seaside resort town on the Pacific coast of Mexico, located in the state of Jalisco. Sometimes I venture to this part of Mexico while it is still winter in the U.S. While I was in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico between February 21, 2017 and March 28, 2017, I made the sketches that are the basis for this painting series.
Mexico is a land of enchantment. There are still many good things about Mexico even though some terrible things have taken place there. While I was in P.V., I was greatly influenced by the smells, sites, ambience, the people, the culture, the architecture, the arts and crafts, and the botanic life. Everything flowed through me. I synthesized all the positive energy, and long-lasting impressions, and then soon after — out poured these concepts.
The handling or the treatment of my style of painting has developed over the years — my earliest influences were the Fauves, The Blue Rider Group, and Asian brush painting. Now my biggest influences are the artists: Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, Robert Mangold, Josef Albers, Pat Steir and Alex Katz. I have seen my style gravitate towards a simpler layout and design. Draftsmanship is still a big part of my style, having been a draftsman and designer for most of my career. I am one link in a long chain, and hopefully this one path leads to one avenue of high artistic achievement.
October 4, 2017
The Pop Series
These series’ (The Pop Series I and II) initiated with some automatic sketches that I drew — (I was working from my imagination without a preconceived thought process.)
I decided later to paint these simplistic designs, using bold-popish colors. I made a conscious decision to work in a more graphic style. I had to adjust my normal painting techniques, and experiment with the layering of paint to arrive at the destination that I had already realized in my mind. My goal was to create a bold, uplifting body of work that builds on design and adheres to basic pop aesthetics.
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