Artist's Statement

All artists are to some degree entertainers. A comedian telling jokes before an audience is rewarded by the audience’s laughter for shared thoughts and observations. The visual artist likewise tries to make connections with someone else’s mind, by lighting a fire of recognition, or provoking some reaction in the viewer. 

There is, of course, much more to the creation of a work of art, and in my lifetime of making images, I hope that some reach the status of art. 

 I am too deeply involved in the creative process to be impartial. I entertain myself when I work, watching my hands produce an image, like a photograph in a developing tray. Frequently I am surprised at the things I do. Thus, like the comedian, or dancer, or singer, my criteria of quality is when what entertains me affects someone else, as well.

I define Art as ‘Significant Cultural Residue’. That means that of all the artifacts produced by any culture, Art is what I determine to be the most significant. Thus what I do, I do seriously, even though humor informs some of my work. And I understand that the affect of my work on others is beyond my control, because once a work is in the public sphere, its meaning is no longer mine. Of course I want that effect to be positive, but there are no guarantees for the artist. Such a gamble depends on my faith in my own humanistic values, and confidence in my communicative skill.

I am from a family of artists and musicians. At an early age I was exposed to music and theater and literature and museums. My voice, my vision of the world is heard through the tools of art. My ideas and philosophy are there, in everything I do.

Making Art is hard work, but it is also a passion. Every moment that I am working at my art, I am doing exactly what I should be doing. Pablo Picasso said it this way: “I love it as the only end of my life.”