How to explain and define a body of work that has evolved over 40 years is difficult. However, there is one shared trait, one word, that spans these four decades, and that word is struggle. My personal experience as a design teacher, architect and painter has laid bare the secret. Suffering is part and parcel to the design and making process. It's not the struggle to make something unique or beautiful that is difficult but the struggle to make something with character, with clarity and meaning. These three conceptual aspects have been slowly borne and evolved over time and now uniquely signify the very essence of my work.
There is a symbiotic relationship between between all art forms. The symbiotic relationship between architecture and painting intrigues me. At their highest form, which is rarely seen, I find these two art forms speak the same language. I have found this shared language in the chaotic nature of making, the need for formal clarity and the search for meaning.
The scarring process of creation or building is a cherished aspect in my work. The act of making can be seen in the marks, gibberish, gashes and swaths of color that are exposed in multiple iterative layers. The peeled away layers reveal an ineffable story that is a natural part of the making process. Through indecision and dissatisfaction the design is parsed down to the essential. Begin, stop, erase, remove, begin again, alter, erase, remove, stop, alter, erase. . . . . . . .
My hope is the viewer is drawn to the scars left by the building and making (character), to the iterative process of seeking order (clarity) and ultimately, my hope is the viewer is drawn to the crowning achievement, the mystery and tension revealed through the fragmented nature of the making (meaning). When it works it's my definition of success.