Year Of The Horse
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This work was the labor of the year the Twin Towers in New York fell. That which began as a narrative structured was swallowed by a storm of gestural marks. It was the Chinese Year of the Horse, a time of hard labor. We were renovating a misused farm house in Richmond, California and I was painting in a backyard studio I built with the indispensable help of my good friend Richard Fritts, who lived in a VW microbus in my driveway for a nearly a year to help us finish. Though the original is a square format, I am making a Daylighted excerpt available.
I am a native of California, returning to reside here in 1999 after careers in the military, theater, historic building restoration and writing. I have been dedicated to painting since 1992. In over 20 years I have taught myself to paint by studying great works from around the world that exemplify the styles and techniques of every age, by reading artists' first-hand accounts of their own experience and processes and by going to the easel each day to develop the ...