DOXART contains paintings, drawings, and sketches done from the early ’70s to the present. I have chosen some of my favorite work from the different phases of drawing and painting and have tried to arrange them in a loose chronological order.
There are more drawings here than paintings. That’s because I draw much more than I paint. Many sketches here are from life drawing workshops which I have attended for many years.
The drawings and paintings here connect me to a period of my life when they were created or to a personal experience from which they were inspired. They are landmarks of my artistic development. Looking at them all together, I get a sense of where I’ve been and where I’m headed with my art and I’m reminded of what it is that I’m trying to accomplish.
Drawing from a live model is one of the greatest challenges for an artist and an invaluable experience. The infinite and constantly changing forms provide an excellent way to develop your visual skills and helped to keep me “in the game” while the majority of my “art” time was spent with my graphics business – Young At ART as well as being a full-time musician. I am currently transitioning into being more of a serious painter.
I believe art is subjective to a certain extent. However, I do not subscribe to the notion that “there is no bad art”. The art that I appreciate most tells me that the artist knows who they are and also knows what they’re doing on a technical level. For me, creating a convincing image involves the effective use of the elements of art along with good design principles. At the same time, I can appreciate the freshness of paint splattered on canvas. My search for the truth in art has taken me in a number of directions.
At the moment, making a statement about the beauty of an arrangement of shapes, color, light, and form is more important to me than telling a story. The fact is, my biggest challenge has always been to find my own voice as an artist. I believe that truly good art is created by someone who has made the journey to finally discover a very personal form of expression. I have known people with an amazing natural ability to draw. That’s not me. For me, the journey has been long and hard but enjoyable.
Hopefully, it will all come together. More artwork is on the horizon. Thanks for your interest.