I’ve been painting in my “style” for so long that I sometimes forget it’s not obvious to new viewers how my paintings come together. People often suspect that I’m using a stencil or other print to make the marks in my paintings and are surprised when they see a video demonstration of a work in progress. I haven’t done a video showing the mark-making technique in a while, so here’s a new one from April 2020. The painting is “Center of Narrative Gravity #56”, part of an ongoing series. The video starts with the underpainting, a swirl of colors in a gradient, already completed, and shows how my marks are applied.
Using Color Effects In Service of an Artistic Vision
On March 20, 2021, I gave a talk (virtually by Zoom) at the Colour Society of Australia’s “Colour Connections 2021” conference about how I use effects of color interactions to support my philosophically-inspired artwork. A big Thank You to CSA for hosting the conference, for including my talk in their program, and for allowing me to share the presentation online! Also, thank you to David Briggs for the introduction and to Ron Francis for the post-talk discussion.
Morphogenesis: An Artist Talk
On August 3, 2016, I gave an artist talk related to the work in my exhibition, Morphogenesis, at the Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, New Jersey. The show ran from July 15 through August 14, 2016, and was part of the museum’s New Jersey Emerging Artist Series. In this talk, I talk about my path to becoming an artist and then focus on the concept of “morphogenesis” and how I use it in my artwork. I discuss my painting technique and then open the floor to questions.
Abstraction In Mind: An Artist Talk
On May 18, 2014, I gave a talk at the West Windsor Arts Center in West Windsor, NJ, and am happy to be able to post this recording here. I briefly scope out the state of painting in today’s art world (the “Four Corners“) with a focus on abstract art; talk a bit about various kinds of abstraction; highlight some of the ways that an abstract painting can have meaning; and then discuss some of the meaningful philosophical and cognitive science influences on my paintings. Finally, I demonstrate how I go about making my “organized organic” abstract art.
Demonstration of My Painting Process
I’m often asked how I go about making my paintings. The video below shows my painting process from start to finish (highly sped up and compressed, of course!).
Bridges Talk: Turing Patterns in Photoshop
At the Bridges 2015 Conference (about the intersection of Math & Art), I gave a brief talk about how I create Turing Patterns in Photoshop and why that process works mathematically.