Mixed Spirits, acrylic w/ Gray Goose Vodka Medium, 36″ x 48″
Verticals With Shapes, oil on canvas, 48″ x 48″
Giraffe Eating Lunch Outside
I spent 25 years of my life being a commercial photographer, always considering that at some point I would shift my energies back to my original desire to create art with paint.
While photographing François Gilot and her husband Jonas Salk, François rekindled the muse and refocused my creative photographic outlet back to brush and canvas. She was very inspirational. There is no doubt that painting was built into every cell of her being.
Being a photographer can teach you much about painting, certainly composition and lighting. But it also forced me to consider true creativity. The dilemma for me was interpretive or non-interpretive art. I could photograph someone and make them look stunning or loaded with charm and character. It seemed it was much easier and more “real” than trying to capture their essence with a paintbrush. I wanted to achieve true originality and that led me to a pure abstract approach to painting.