Fine Art, Fine Crafts and Curious Creations from the Little Wakarusa Valley
in the rolling hills, woods, and prairies
of rural Douglas County in Eastern Kansas
Artist, Curmudgeon & Sometimes Writer
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Just a sampling of images to catch your eye....I was trained
primarily as a designer, graphic illustrator and painter of traditional still-life, landscape and representational images, but now I mostly explore 2-D space using overlapping forms, images and decorative motifs to produce highly creative compositions that evolve mostly from my imagination.
In this way most of my
work is “creative synthesis” rather than just the imitation or rendering of real
scenes, subjects or objects. Many recent works are heavy dye-painted fabric wall pieces ranging up to 9 feet tall. They attempt to keep the texture and soft "hand" of the fabrics—and to avoid the stiff, hard surfaces and borders of framed paintings. They evolve from random sprayed or vat-dyed patterns overworked with painting dyes and transparent fabric inks. Dyes include fiber-reactive colors that are chemically and heat-set to become part of the fabric itself.
Some works seem to piece together real life observations, but the elements and
images have been moved,
recomposed, distorted, combined with other images,
re-invented, and/or fractured by overlays and borders of
dark line that help to isolate, emphasize and intensify color effects as well as lead the eye into and around the image. Most images are developed as impressions and stylized compositions based on remembered, imagined or newly discovered forms.
My fantasy, abstract and fully
developed compositions are “unplanned”—no theme or subject is
usually predetermined—they are invented as I go, building forms and images from randomly spilled, poured, splattered or otherwise applied pigments. My creative process emphasizes color while building a matrix of interconnected forms. My work often illustrates “horrors vacuii,” the fear of empty
or unfilled spaces.
I often use the same dyes and inks along with acrylic washes
when painting on traditional supports like paper, gessoed panels or stretched
canvas. I frequently return to traditional drawing and painting of landscape, figurative and still-life subjects to maintain my visual perception and skills with draftsmanship, color and spatial composition.
(aka: "the hunchback of no acclaim" and/or "mickthehick")