When I saw the group of figures (above) mixed in with the paintings at Butters Gallery in the Full CIrcle show, I realized that the next thing in store was going to be a challenge. For the first time, I wanted to see the sculptures as the basis for the paintings, the ground upon which the paintings could exist, rather than as an auxiliary, secondary, part of the work.
I started studying art as a sculptor, and really found my way into the art world drawing and sculpting the figure. Peter Agostini (click link to view his work) was my teacher. I was, at age 16, enthralled. Even so, as my work evolved, I found myself better able to develop a way of working through painting. The work has been idea based and I’ve never really had ideas for sculpture. Now, however, I’m feeling that building the figure is enough of an idea. Perhaps it’s old(er) age, but suddenly ideas beyond the body, literally, seem unnecessary.