Artist Statement, Bio, and Resume'
My work is in stone, wood and some steel with most of it contemplative, organic, abstract forms. I strongly suggest that my pieces are periodically rotated in order to fully appreciate the nuanced shadows and textures of the work.
I have recently come across a brief synopsis of ABSTRACTION AND EMPATHY by Wilhelm Worringer that resinates with me, however I'm substituting the word sculpture for painting. There are two sensitivities required of a viewer of a work of art: EMPATHY, which allows the viewer to lose him/herself in a sculpture and to be at one with the subject, and ABSTRACTION, which allows the viewer to retreat from the complexities of the everyday world and follow the symbolic language of the form and texture of one of my sculptures.
If I can achieve that I am successful. Along those same lines I am reminded of what Nietzsche says, " we have art so that shall not her destroyed by the truth".
I am a first male child born in Jersey City, NJ, during 1940. All through my Catholic college preparatory education I was told that, although I had some talent, people really didn’t make a living doing art. Thus, I got an education: Biology B.A. from WNMU, Zoology M.S. from LSU, and taught Biology for thirty years. Now, after getting art degrees: an A.A. Tulsa Community College, a B.F.A. University of Oklahoma, plus workshops (Jonathan Hils at OU; Jesus Moroles through the Oklahoma Arts Institute), I am now fulfilling my life long dream of making art.
Paseo Art Association: Member's Exhibit, Oklahoma City, OK.
February 3rd till Feb. 24th, 2017.
Three pieces submitted, one accepted.
TRIPARTITE : A one person show at the Nesbitt Galley on the USAO campus in Chickasha, OK
Sept. 24 - Oct. 21, 2016
46th ANNUAL GODDARD JURIED EXHIBIT, Ardmore, OK: April 26th to May 21st, 2016.
Three pieces submitted, three pieces accepted.
The Paseo Arts Association : SMALL ART SHOW, Oklahoma City, OK: April 1st to April 29th, 2016.
Two pieces submitted, one accepted.
$5th ANNUAL GODWARD JURIED EXHIBIT, Ardmore, Ok.: Closing Reception May 8th 2015.
One piece submitted, one piece accepted.
My work is in stone and wood plus some steel, with most of it contemplative, organic, abstract forms.