Art Historical Pot Sktech, 2020. Mixed media on paper, 5x5". The Clay Studio of Missoula, 1106 Hawthorne Street. This annual show opens March 20th. Reception 5:30-9:00 pm. The Potsketch Live Auction will take place on April 11th. For tickets or more information: (406) 543-0509
As a narrative painter my objective is to present the essential elements of a story: a character or two, a sense of place and time, a moment of connection, tension or reflection. I seek figures, symbols and scenarios that are both personally compelling and socially relevant. With careful measures of clarity and ambiguity, I hope to create imaginative space for viewers to bring their own perspectives and experiences into the tale. One of my supreme joys is hearing stories that arise in response to the paintings.
Thematically I am concerned with traditions, stereotypes and myths that shape identity as well as relationships to home and family, to work, community and place. I explore these with equal interest in the actual and the metaphorical, striving always to combine convincing naturalism with provocative symbolism.