I remember obsessively drawing horses as a child. When I began to paint again quickly reclaimed them as a subject. I enjoy their dramatic, monumental silhouettes without sentimentality, no flowing manes and tails, which I rarely include. I begin with varied abstract under paintings and use these different beginnings to provide information that I keep or remove to develop the super imposed figure keeping as much abstract spontaneity as possible. The final product captures an unpredictable combination of those first intuitive and unpredictable abstracts with the final recognizable form. That combination provides originality, complexity and depth. That combination also mirrors the transcendence I love in the poetry of Rumi, who’s work I find the inspiration for the final titles.
Carlton Gallery, Banner Elk, NC
Arts of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City, NC