502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Maryville, TN 37804
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for. Georgia O’Keeffe
I started painting lines after spending a significant amount of time studying Pollock. I found freedom in the line, an unabashed freedom of breath and beauty. Lines are honest, real, and present. I liked that it could describe everything and nothing all at once. It could create a world of confusion and sound, lost without an ending or a beginning. Layers and layers of movement, defining a path of what was present. Then it was shape, which technically was a round line. The lines would weave in and out of the shape pulling and pushing. Shapes were always organic, never sharp, and almost always dominated by color.
Color is a beast. Knowing that it was not universal and that there are many cultural associations to specific colors has always frustrated me. Sure, I was seduced by color, who isn’t? I found that building my compositions on the primaries of light rather the traditional primaries brought reason and balance. However, there was no avoiding the conversation that I despised yellow. It brought me back to a time of reading The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Giliman and it reminded me of an anxiousness that I was trying unsuccessfully to avoid. But then, I found butter yellow and the soft subtly that it provided and I made my peace with yellow.
Untimely the paintings became environments, worlds, invented or actual, manipulated by elements of self-cannibalism and unabashed process. It is work. At times, I label myself a glorified factory worker, building and mindlessly building. Sure, I respect formalist conventions and the technical integrity of the history of painting. But, the paintings are play. A freedom of play, travel, space and multifaceted worlds of beauty, romance, structure, congestion and complexity all thrown into one.
Artist Reception 6-8pm September 27.
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