|xxxxxxxxxxxxRiptide, mixed media on linen, 50 x 40 inchesxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx|
A riptide and I have a great deal in common. Strange as that may seem, I can explain the similarity:
A riptide is a strong current of water that flows away from the shore. As a painter, I, like the riptide, produce a strong current of energy that flows away from the shore–the shore of “everyday.”
If you are a swimmer, the riptide will pull you away from the safety of the shore. If you are a viewer, my paintings will pull you away from the safety of "everyday" and into the unknown.
I serendipitously happened upon the above image for Riptide while standing on the balcony of my Fort Lauderdale studio. The balcony is poised over the Atlantic Ocean and is closed off from the studio by glass doors. While looking through the doors I realized I was in a strange new place. I could clearly see the ocean and sky (reflected on the glass) along with the studio and bedroom spaces beyond the doors, including more double doors, and the furniture beyond that. This confusing yet beautiful image of land, sea and air superimposed on one another enchanted me. I was caught in the current, a riptide if you will, and pulled away from the safety of "everyday."
I hope you will all join me in the unknown on the third weekend in March, 2016 when the Guild 5 FortyFive in Fort Lauderdale presents my solo exhibition, Land, Sea and Air.