RECONCILIATION

I just came across a painting I made about 25 years ago. It was an assignment I did in school. The teacher handed out fortune cookies and after we all ate them  we were supposed to create a picture that communicated the fortune that was inside. Mine was a reminder...

SPRING TIME

What is it about spring that  wakes us up? I love this picture. It was taken last week in Vermont and it is my daughter who is impatiently waiting for me to run up and join her on this gorgeous hilltop in Vermont. It feels like a time of possibility. Invitation. The...
The New Cool Thing at School

The New Cool Thing at School

I recently was visiting the Mountain School in upstate Vermont. This is a program for students in their junior year of high school. The school offers its 45 students the experience of working and living on a fully functioning farm. There are goats, sheep, llamas,...

The Language Within Art

One of my mentor clients asked an interesting question the other day. It had to do with how an artist develops a personal visual vocabulary. We all recognize or know artist’s work that already has this occurring. In fact this is one of the reasons why we recognize it...
Wrong.Again.

Wrong.Again.

Yesterday I spent part of my day painting large shapes in a painting I thought I was improving. I chose a color that I thought was appropriate and worked. I went to lunch and when I came back and looked at the painting I couldn’t believe that the color I had...

QUIETLY FLYING

The upside and the downside of making art or being creative is that over time it seems to make you more sensitive to your environment. Sometimes I like this and sometimes I don’t. Every year “Fleet Day” comes to San Francisco and the Air Force spends a long...

SOMETIMES, WALK AWAY

I have noticed an interesting thing about how I learn and how I improve my art. I used to think that the MORE time I spent painting-actually physically working hard was in direct proportion to how much MORE I learned and improved my work. Working hard is something I...

MISTAKEN PATHS

< How much do we influence each? When does influence become copying? These are all questions that all artists have to answer for themselves. If we are honest, we can all say, that at certain times we have copied others work. Nobody wants to admit this-it is so much...

I WANT TO BE A FIREMAN WHEN I GROW UP

My next show is opening May 11th in NYC and I don’t know what I am going to make. I kept thinking that I had so much time. The year hasn’t even really started, my show is not until May which feels like the middle of the year – so close to June which IS the middle of...