The goal of my work is to take elements of an organic world and organize them into something that can be studied, to observe more closely the differences between similar things, or to understand the relationship between different things. Though the subjects are simple, the drawings gain depth in the arrangements of the objects, through examination of surface, and through an unexpected presentation.
Some drawings are of common objects, with the spaces between them, or their isolation or their repetition being the focus of the work. Other drawings are more mysterious, with a common item being altered to resemble another thing. There are also drawings of letterforms, stripped of context and unexpectedly taking on solid form, creating arrangements that are purely visual. Lastly, there are drawings of many multiples, each object like an atom in a larger body.
Repetition is important as a means to communicate that sense of study, and so is the intense detail, with pains taken to create a sense of the physical individuality of each object in the drawings. Mystery and the unexpected are often a focus of the work because they hint at something yet to be discovered. In all of the works, the drawings are presented cleanly, frankly, with little illusion of space, as they are not meant to be a window into reality, but examinations of elements of reality.
In short, these are not straightforward still-lifes, but carefully constructed thoughts about the objective world.
As drawing is one of the primary means by which the visual world is studied, all of my work is done in silverpoint, a medieval technique using a fine metal stylus to draw on specially prepared paper, creating marks that will change as the silver tarnishes over time.
Artist Bio / CV
Born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1968, he earned a BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 1990, and an MFA from Syracuse University in 1993. His work is contemporary still-life done in the delicate technique of silverpoint, a medieval medium that uses a stylus made from fine silver on specially-prepared paper. He has exhibited in prestigious competitions, in curated museum shows, and in professional and experimental galleries all over the United States, won numerous awards, has sold work out of George Billis Gallery in New York and the Adamson-Duvannes Gallery in Los Angeles. He has drawings in the collections of major museums, private foundations, and private collectors, including the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York, and the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia. He resides near Denver, Colorado with his wife Maggie.