Wisconsin Primaries 28" x 40" $24,000
Collecting is such an individual and personal experience: to some it's decorative, for others it's investment and still others, simple enjoyment.
My wife and I collect because the vision and personal beauty of others work wakes us up to the world and creates a life heightening experience.
A major collector once told me, “There is a difference between a collection and an accumulation.” Some may consider the distinction between acquiring and collecting to be a subtle one at best. I don't – I'm guessing most folks who chose to buy a Hopper or a Picasso weren't going with something to match the couch: They were buying an artists vision.
One can simply look at art or they can witness it.
Witnessing art is soul touching. I have had it happen while experiencing the great works of Michelangelo, Corot and Issac Levitan.
In those experiences I realized that art can be so much more.
In each case a profound sensitivity to the world combined with extraordinary craft:
Things so deeply felt and beautifully stated that the craft disappears, and one is met only with emotion. Studying the work of these mature artists, who had nothing left to prove, simply showing the world what they loved, changed me.
I now realize that painting for any other reason than love and desire to express it, is a waste of my time.
To feel more intensely and see more deeply and let the beauty of that carry the visual experience is enough.
This is why almost all of my work is done from life – life being the key word.
The more senses I engage in the process of creating a painting – the richer the experience for the receptive viewer.
A direct correspondence with nature affords me the opportunity for clarity and economy, and encourages risk. In those moments of risk there is a letting go – an unselfconscious connection, served by years of discipline and understanding.
That risk and the necessary speed required, allows for the possibility of a “felt” mark, and a painting that has an exhale to it.
Every painting should be separate and distinct – a full, sensory record of a specific mood, time, and place.
Most of my paintings are brought to 90% completion or better in the field but I don't attempt to finish them there. Often the subjective, nuanced choices take days of quiet and thoughtful deliberation.
I let the painting tell me what it needs.
I believe this combination of the intense, decisive approach to working from life combined with thoughtful decision-making creates the possibility for a more personal statement.
I don't churn out work or create "product," but endeavor to make art.
Every painting, large or small requires the same care and consideration.
The nature of my approach limits the amount of work I can create.
No matter how good a photo of a painting is, it can never transmit the feeling an artist imbues it with. Art painted from life is best viewed that way. If at all possible visit my studio or one of my galleries to experience the work in person. Connection through experience is the most rewarding.
I think good work has away of finding a good home.
Yet, purchasing a work of art is no small thing.
You need to live with it; you should love it.
Buying it because you wish to have it around you is the best reason to own it.
The thrill and appreciation of my work finding a good home has never lessened.
Thank you to all those collectors, past, present and future.
None of us do this without you.
St. Paul, MN