In the process of creating the paintings I do, I often revisit the past through the use of my family's old photos. Another approach is more recent photos taken in my day to day life or sketches from my journal. History, past and present, is then painted in a combination of realism with abstraction resulting in paintings of dream and memory.
To allow for surprises, even sometimes mistakes, I do minimal planning ahead of getting started on a new piece. This way I find myself responding in the moment to what is in front of me, layering the paint from the watery to thicker textures, adding and subtracting as needed.
I love story telling and the narrative nature art has to offer. Similar to fairy tales and fables there is a symbolic meaning to be offered in my paintings. It is not necessarily one that is deliberately placed there, but rather it is a one that appears on its own.
Social and historical references from current life to even ancient times can be found in the imagery as I leap from the time of when the photos were taken as well as I go look for the inner ancient source.
And as such the story emerges to not really be mine - the artist’s - but moreso it is yours.
The process of the bronze sculptures is done through the lost-wax technique.
It is at one time a complex and multi-layered process, and a very simple one that is essentially done the same way it was first done thousands of years ago.
I first create the sculpture in clay. This is done in my studio. To have it cast in bronze thereafter I take it to the foundry where the first step is to have a mold made. In this mold wax is poured. Once hardened you now have version #2 - a wax copy of the clay.
At this step corrections and adjustments can be made.
Then the wax gets covered in a layer of a powdery ceramic mixture made from colloidal silica and fused silica flour. When it hardens it creates a shell around the wax form. It looks like rough sand.
This time melted bronze is poured into the shell. Once hardened the shell is chiseled away to reveal the bronze sculpture. Now we have the final form.
Patina is then added to the form. This is the color that is given to the bronze afterwards for the finishing touches. Traditionally, this is a dark brown color, but you can do many other colors.
I work by commission on bronze sculptures. Please contact me for more information if this is something you are interested in.