Offender in the house of Odysseus, latex paint on canvas, 25" x 37" (diptych), 2014
Drawing 203, pastel on paper, 11" x 14", 2014, private collection, New York, NY
Drawing 205, conte on paper, 9" x 12", private collection, Weil am Rhein, Germany
Drawing 206, pastel on paper, 11" x 14"
Drawing 207, pastel on paper, 11" x 14"
Jiun Sonja (1718-1804), Nantendo (1839-1925) and Kasumi Bunsho (1905-1998)
Hitsuzendo, the "art of the brush" of Zen philosophy has had a great influence on my work. This style of calligraphy is direct and leaves no room for revision or hesitation. You must act with self-confidence. The practitioners strive to be fluid and pure in their execution, breathing vitality and individuality into their marks.
I share the same views in art making with this approach and below have included one of my recent paintings that I feel illustrate some of these elements. I hope one can see a similar stroke mirrored in the outstretched arm and torso of this figure.
Daedalus watching his son fall, latex paint on canvas, 48" x 30", 2014
The Abstract Expressionist painter Franz Kline was also influenced by Zen calligraphy and incorporated some elements into his own work. Kline is another artist I greatly admire and who has been influential on my work as can be seen in the montage below....
Below is another example of one of my recent paintings, that I hope illustrate some of the principles mentioned above.
Charging man, latex paint on canvas, 25" x 30", 2014, private collection, Great Falls, VA
One doesn't normally associate a chisel with painting, but this one has become indispensable in my work. I use the chisel to create lines in my paintings, scratching and scraping into wet paint, revealing the black base beneath in a process called sgraffito.
This process allows me to incorporate line into my paintings without the reliance of a brush. It mimics the application of stick medium held directly in the hand like charcoal or conte, letting me make a much more forceful and violent line.
My father gave me this chisel among some smaller ones that he used in the past for various metal and wood work. Below is a photo of it being used in a painting and a short video here.
Finally, an example of one of my paintings completed through this method.
Face, latex paint on canvas, 17" x 20", 2013
Drawing 201, oil pastel and graphite on paper, 11" x 14", 2014
Drawing 200, ink and charcoal on paper, 9" x 12", 2014
Drawing 199, crayon on paper, 9" x 12", 2014
Drawing 198, pastel on paper, 11" x 14", 2014
Drawing 197, conte and ink on paper, 9" x 12", 2014