0:00I think you walk through life as an artist looking for confirmation and inspiration at
0:05the same time. When my first grade teacher called my mom and said, “I can’t keep this
0:09guy in his seat. He finishes his work, he’s walking around helping everybody else and
0:15what do I do?” and my Mom said, “Give him something to do. It’s obvious that you’re
0:19not giving him enough to do.” So, she had a masters degree in art education, and once
0:26she saw that I liked to draw she started feeding me art supplies.
0:29I ove painting, and I love print making. I love sculpture too. But the fantasy of two
0:38dimensions was just interestnig to me. I think geometric perfection was built into life as
0:45a positive force. You walk into a gallery or a museum and you see one of my paintings
0:51and its flat, and graphic and tight. “Oh yeah, that’s all machined out” Then you get up to
0:57it and it’s all kind of quirky and wobbly and hand-made.
1:00I don’t thin the paint, I don’t use tape, and so every edge is kind of a negotiation.
1:08I will draw things out and then paint them. And Iwill follow the quirks of the drawing.
1:17I’m free drawing, because then my body’s engaged. When I’m working on something that large … or
1:23even that large, and I’m having to climb up on things to reach the top, or squat down
1:29to get to the bottom it warps it.
1:32If you get up to em, and look at em you see that what you thoguht from 10 feet away was
1:36this crisp hard edge is bumpy and is made by hand and is not really a rectangle because
1:43I traced out a rectangle in a template, then I painted it 6 times. And every time I painted
1:48it it would just kind of waver off of that.
1:50I dont use rulers. Well I do use some rulers, but usually for the big straight-edge I use
1:56a board that I’ve had for 10 years, you know that’s got a little warp in it. So my grid
2:01will have a little warp in it.
2:02Probably one of the best ways to say it is that “I think with my paintings”. I read.
2:07I listen to music. I talk to people. I travel. I do all this as a distillation. So this is
2:16a line of thought. It’s a line of inquiry for me. And I don’t know where its going,
2:21and I’m making up the rules. Like I said, I’m asking the questions and the answers at
2:27the same time.