Thoughts On the Phillipi Creek series
In a bend of Phillippi
Creek downstream from Bahia Vista street lies a protected
natural area. This old Sarasota, Florida jewel has Sabal palms,
hardwoods, palmetto and lush undergrowth. Along a small sandy
bottom feeder creek are tree roots exposed like skeletons
by years of rushing water. Foxes and bobcats call this place
home and even a panther has been seen.
In my early days in Louisiana I spent countless hours carefully
looking and listening in woods and swamps. Even in my earliest
years, rudiments of today's art were being nurtured. From
a boy of nature, I evolved into a man of art. I cannot walk
into a natural landscape without being struck by my deep appreciation
of what I am seeing, hearing and feeling.
For three years I have been walking, discovering, photographing
and studying remarkable views in and around Phillippi Creek.
Even though my work has developed to the point where much
of it is abstract, the mystery and natural beauty moves me
to paint expressive realism. I strive to express the connectedness
of art and nature while drawing and painting Phillippi Creek.
Not the grand vistas, but close up and intimate.
I'm acutely aware of light, shadow, color, shape, line and
mood and how the abstract nature of these components contribute
to my work . Things such as the intense, warm light bursting
through tangled brambles or the coolness blanketing the palmettos
and vines keep me coming back. The way these elements work
together is exciting to me and the lure of this provocative
waterway will continue to inspire my work.