My work is a bridge from representation to abstraction. As a native of Braddock, Pennsylvania, I am able to retrace the development of my sensibility as an artist, painting realistic imagery in conjunction with abstract line and color, back to the landscape of home. The rhythm of the first steel mill in the United States in co-existence with the classic beauty of the Winged Victory World War I memorial outside of the first Carnegie Library, guides me to new subjects and ideas, while remaining present in the mark-makings which are the recurring motifs in my work. My metaphysical journey from home and back allows me to cross bridges while serving as a bridge.
By pouring watercolor paints and acrylic inks with pools of water on paper, color settles like rust. Compositional considerations are based on my photographs, and then oil paint is utilized to braid industrial landscape into the meandering image of abstract forms which were created from the pouring process. In each work I seek to answer the question: “How can I fuse geometric form into organic space”?
Botticelli’s master compositions of mythology, most notably the representation of Venus, the goddess of love, profoundly inform my work, grounded in aesthetic beauty and based on the elements and principles of art. Venus’ three Graces, Charm, Beauty, and Creativity, entice me to a life of service as an artist, just as Mercury protects Venus’ garden in La Primavera.
The tracks, trails, and paths of Braddock that trace back to the immigrants in search of a better life, and the sacri ces which many made to raise families in America, are engrained in me. Creating works of art provides an opportunity to spark dialogue about the layers between realism and abstraction, from my perspective as someone deeply impacted by the birth and the decline of labor and industry. Whether my subject is seen as an actual bridge or my work as a metaphor for bridges, it re ects my great awareness and appreciation for how my home has not only shaped me, but also continues to empower me.
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