Artist’s Statement: These images arrived out of dream in which someone who loved me led me through the woods to the shore of a lake. There was a boat waiting, and I was expected to get in. The night-dream ended there, but continued itself in the paintings.
The way images arise and how they speak is of abiding interest to me in my art. I was “quickened” by this dream and so these paintings grew themselves as I made room for them. I remember feeling both full and blank. I grabbed a pile of student warm-ups that had been abandoned in my studio, sheets of paper on which paint had been spread, thrown, brushed, smeared by many hands. I saw a boat in one, dimly present, and I began to coax it out of its camouflage. It was not a boat I expected.
Some of the boats are evocations of actual memories, and with those I needed to be more deliberate while still allowing the inner image to retain its primacy.
The way these happened is exactly the way I hope all my art and writing will occur, as a combination of chance presenting itself, of necessity pushing at me, of loose intention and deep attention. This is the craft, the skill I’ve tried to cultivate more than any other.