A number of paintings in this show are informed by the devastating loss of my beautiful daughter Laura, in the fall of 2015. In dealing with my deep grief, I shifted my focus to the confines of my studio.
There is nothing philosophical about my work nor a need for any kind of pretentious verbalism. It is only to be appreciated or enjoyed as a purely visual experience. I use my creative energy for each inspiration-infused subject matter, through my personal visual language in terms of form, colour, composition and paint handling, which continues to evolve towards simpler solutions. Of my many and variant mentors and influences, I would like to mention a few: My professor of the Academie Voor Beeldende Kunsten in Rotterdam, Aart Glansdorp; a number of “my” artists of Studio 21, Ron Shuebrook, Richard Mueller, Alex Livingston, Marilyn McAvoy, Susan Wood, Susan Feindel, and Janice Leonard. The latter four and myself regularly hold an “Art-Speak/Gossip” monthly meeting.
On a historic and international level, I connect with many: the German Expressionists (members of Die Brucke and Blaue Reiter), and Paula Modersohn-Becker; French Fauvists Matisse, Kees Van Dongen; the elongated stylized figure paintings and drawings by Amedeo Modigliani; the carefully observed “self” paintings by Paul Cézanne; the American painter Richard Diebenkorn’s intuitive interpretations of the figure; the English painter Euan Uglow and his mathematical approach to figure painting.
Lastly the abstract expressionists of the Cobra group, Karel Appel, Corneille, Asger Jorn etc.
My love, for all the above-mentioned and many more, is great!
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