The parallel between creating a song and a jazz painting.

My work is currently focused on exploring the fluid relationship between music and images. My paintings strive to capture a moment within sound: a wailing guitar solo, or a haunting trumpet riff. I hope people are attracted to my paintings the same way they are to a good song.

There are parallels between creating a song and a painting. A song begins with a simple beat or a phrase-- a painting begins with a bold stroke. Both artist and musician lay down the bones to create a foundation. I begin with bold shapes. After much layering I add colorful geometric organic shapes throughout the canvas to form unique patterns and textures. Eventually, elements of heightened realism appear through cloudy forms of expressionism. There is as much significance found in the seen as there is in the unseen.

In recent years I have pushed myself creatively through exploration of musical themes and variations on musical genres including jazz, rock and blues. I hope my canvases encourage people to not only decipher any message I may convey, but also sparks thoughts or feelings on their own.

I have just returned from my first trip to New Orleans, where it felt so amazing to immerse myself in that culture—both in the music and the food. I am represented there at the Steve Martin Fine Art Gallery, 624 Julia Street, New Orleans, 504-566-1390.

This is where I have a half-dozen recent canvases on display.

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