190314 Sun Flower (series)

190314 Sun Flower 1

190314 Sun Flower 2

190314 Sun Flower 4

190314 Sun Flower 4

190314 Sun Flower 3

190314 Sun Flower 5

As I work on a digital piece there are countless variations that I overwrite, just like painters do as they paint over and rework areas of the painting. But with digital it’s easy to save variations and steps along the way. In fact I often save many steps and then merge them back into the piece before finishing. But I usually discard all the iterations when I wrap it up. On this series I saved some of the iterations and then finished several of them.

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181113 Moths to a Flame

181113 Moths to a Flame

We naturally favor patterns, and modern personalization algorithms pick up on our patterns so that they “give us what we want.” The problem is that it leads to a circle of reinforcement for potentially unhealthy, addictive, and impulsive behavior. Where once we could indulge in (or get suckered into) a guilty pleasure, like watching ASMR videos, but easily have the self-discipline not to make a habit of it. Now, the first time you do anything online it’s deemed a personal preference and rewarded with countless enticements to repeat the behavior. All the more reason be extra disciplined online and try to train the personalization engines to offer me the stuff that I really do want.

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190124 Gala's Head

190124 Gala's Head

Escher and Dali were my first two favorite artists. Their twists on reality were new and interesting, but more so I was drawn to their precision.

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180713 Arrival

180713 Arrival

I’m a fan of the “life’s a journey” philosophy. I’m also a fan of exercise and healthy lifestyle. But I’m not very good at putting any of it into practice.

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181105 Unfair Advantage

181105 Unfair Advantage

The Internet has democratized many things, but it’s also enabled or created just about as many inequities. People will be people, with or without technology.

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190211 A Story About a Woman's Cat

190211 A Story About a Woman's Cat

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There’s a conflict in my head regarding the notion of a narrative. It seems that more recently everything has to have a narrative and backstory. There’s something about the “story” of colors and shapes and textures that transcends words and agendas and even the artist themselves. There’s no denying that a good narrative can add a level of interest to a work of art, or an artist—I’m just concerned for my own work, that it first speaks for itself in the language of art. What happens after that hopefully only enhances the experience.

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190113 Hexed

190113 Hexed

When I was a kid in Lancaster PA, there were still quite a few barns that had original hex signs painted on them.

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181103B Bird Talk

181103B Bird Talk

Bird Talk by Lee Krasner 1955

Lee Krasner is probably my favorite artist. This piece was actually named after the two black shapes in the center of the composition that reminded me of birds having a conversation, but it also happens to be the title of one of Krasner’s more well known works.

Influence, inspiration and alignment with other artists and styles is a back-and-forth thing for me. Everything I’ve ever experienced exists somewhere in my mental warehouse and some of the things that I’ve experienced resonate and radiate more strongly than others. But then I make art, and later see that it has something in common with art that other people have created. And when I see other art that has something in common with my own, I have a deeper connection to it. It’s a chicken and egg thing. I’ve been influenced by my favorites, but my favorites become my favorites at least partly because what I do is similar in some way to what they have done.

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181031 Death's Mount

181031 Death’s Mount

Nothing morbid or prophetic (I hope). Just a technique experiment that ended up looking to me like a horse with a cloaked rider.

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180903B Pearl

180903B Pearl

The notion of one-in-a-million basically means nil, no chance. Yet, it happens constantly in nature, everyday life, relationships, our bodies, business, art, etc.

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181207 Salt

181207 Salt

The title of this piece is a reference to the small square crystalline textures that are visible. But the green and pink colors also reminded me of a caustically salty taste for no reason that I can discern. But I don’t think I have any more synesthesia sensitivity than the average person.

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190113 Lollipops

190113 Lollipops

The really big things are spherical, and the really little bits are spherical. But everything in between is all messed up.

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