Big Blue Mountain

I became obsessed with Ultramarine Blue, and began using it as a ground for paintings. Much of my painting work is actually more about drawing and so one consistent challenge is addressing depth with color inside the drawing. In this work, and a couple of others I began with color and then had to solve all the problems of composition, depth, clarity of meaning afterwards. The painting became a backward puzzle that I feel failed to resolve itself in a struggle to emerge from flat blue. This one I would be willing to rework. I haven't seen it in a long time and some solutions occur.

About the artist:

I am a fine artist with an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (1988) I have shown professionally since 1985 all over the US and Europe. I have worked with galleries and museums in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, and Verona, IT, to mention only a few. My work is represented in the permanent museum collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, The Di Rosa Foundation, The Boise Museum of Art, The Yale School of Fine Art Museum, The Pennsylvania Academy of Art, The Byblos Art Hotel, The High Museum, and many others. I have received a Joan Mitchell Foundation Artists Grant, the Pollack-Krasner Artists Grant, an Elizabeth Foundation Artists Grant, a Golden Foundation Artists Grant, and others. I live and work in Athens, GA with my wife, artist Didi Dunphy and my cat, Mr. Darcy.