Just added a new painting, and a few old ones

I just uploaded a painting I did last week.

Title: New Proposal (six white lines)
Size: 30 by 24 inches
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Created: January 2017
Price: $500

As you can see, I am continuing to experiment with a particular style that uses very light strokes of many colors all over the painting. I work somewhat randomly until I see patterns emerge, and then I try to amplify those patterns. And in this case, I decided it needed more structure at the end, hence the six white lines.

For me, painting is all about experimentation and exploration. I haven’t really settled on a style yet. I am only guided by what I like.

Plus I have a whole basement full of experiments gone wrong. Stuff I don’t like. Maybe I’ll post a few of those at some point, just for fun. Which is what this whole thing is all about.

I also uploaded a couple of older ones today.

Title: Project 3c in light blue
Size: 30 by 24 inches
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Created: 2014
Price: $375

And also:

Title: Proposal 1 (red and yellow)
Size: 20 by 16 Inches
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Created: 2014
Price: $220

This last one is one of Ruwa’s favorites. It currently resides over he desk in her office. It is actually one of my earliest experiments in this particular all over style, which I don’t really have a name for yet. Well, Ruwa and I refer to it as the “cheh-cheh-cheh” style, kind of onomatopoeia for the sound it makes when I dab the paint on in fast, rapid strokes.

Introducing the artist

About the Artist

By profession, I am a journalist and writer. I spent seven years in the early 1980s working as a reporter for The Boston Globe, covering northern New England and later science and technology. Since 1987 I’ve worked for the Baha’i International Community as an information officer, writing about human rights, international development, and the United Nations and the Community’s involvement with those topics. In this work, I’ve traveled to more than 35 countries.

I’ve long been deeply interested in the visual arts. I studied photography and film-making in college. And my interest in images has been greatly influenced by my work as a journalist and editor and my travels around the world.

My explorations with abstract painting are a relatively recent effort. I took up painting in the early 2000s, mainly as a form of pure expression, and have worked more steadily at it over the last few years. I find it an important contrast or counterpoint to my daily professional occupation with words.

Although not formally trained as a painter, I’ve spent many hours studying paintings in museums when I travel. I find myself greatly influenced by painters like Mark Tobey, Jackson Pollack, and Gerhard Richter.

My goal is to experiment with color and form in such a way so as to create images that, without words or descriptions, are aesthetically pleasing. Another goal to express a sense of spiritual beauty and wonder, perhaps influenced by my understanding of the Baha’i Faith.