Flat, Deep, but Never Plain. Sources of Early Influences.

Throughout this blog I will share art that I've done currently and through the years. I find it helpful to share my influences as well. Many times in the context of a paint party when you are excelling more at socializing and cocktails than you are at painting, I'll drop references and names of artists to give you perspective and encouragement. Artists draw on many influences before they create and interpret their work. Just like musicians have listened to tons of music before they compose or write music.

As I began to forge my artwork as a formal student some 25 odd years ago, I gravitated towards a few artists that my fledgling work seem to emulate. I tried to identify certain artists that had (for lack of a better word) style that I was mimicking. At the time, I was designing compositions that were "flat" but narrative.