Artist Statement

The graphic forms used in creating typography and calligraphy in worldwide languages and alphabets are the inspiration for the work.

The artistic departure is to leave the literary and language behind, yet retain and explore the expressionist and esthetic qualities of invented and quasi-typographic forms.  Shapes may be letters, words, and sentences, but they are to intended to be statements without language.

In a world with so much language, so many words spoken and written, twittered and posted, why does the human condition remain mired in a lack of consensus and shared purpose?  What is the visual for this?  The contrasts of the painterly gesture and the graphic form, the orderly and the messy, the composed and the decomposing, the humane and the brutal, all happening at the same time.

Current works have been accepted into the permanent collections of the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts/ deYoung and Legion of Honor Museums, San Francisco, California, the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula, Monterey, California,  The Triton Museum of Art,  Santa Clara, California, and the Crocker Art Museum of Sacramento, California.

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