If you visit my PICTORIAL HISTORY web page, and look at the ascendancy of my art from 1982 to 1993, you will understand the complexity of my endeavors now. It is good to be a painter with history because it strenthens one to deal with the difficulties of success. Right now, as I write, my work is singing true, and it worries me. Each drawing, one followed the next, is speaking with clear and true expression. Taking the next step, and moving this into my painting, frightens me. I referred to my years, 1982-1993, because I have done this before. When I finished that earlier period, my art had ascended to a high quality, one followed by the next. This included paintings. Then I gave it all up. I moved to figurative work. Almost 20 years later I am decisively arriving with similar force and quality. This extended time to develop my talent conveys the difficulty of figurative painting in the 21st century. It also demonstrates the complexity of my life during the last 19 years. It took me about 9 years to find a way to make substantial work during my Three-Dimensional Abstract Period; it is now more than double that time, and I am just beginning to make satisfactory figurative work.
Today I exhibit four drawings, all made yesterday, one after the other, but not in the order shown (look to the signature/date designations for that). The astounding thing is their high quality, one after the other. Their excellence startles me, and gives me courage. I realize that going to painting is not so much about reproducing the quality of my drawings, as it is reproducing the quality of my process.
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