Introducing my painting:
"St. Pete. (Florida)"



I got inspired for this painting when I was walking around St. Petersburg Florida one evening just as the sun was sinking and spewing out delightful orangey light on all the palm trees.  As I painted this I thought a lot about Piet Mondrain and his square paintings.  People are always asking me what the deal is with those. 

(Left) Piet Mondrian, "Composition with Yellow, Blue, And Red." 1937-42.

And it occurred to me as I painted so many yellow squares that there is something powerful in repetition... humans crave it for some reason.  It just feels safe.  Just think about all the things that we repeat everyday.  Like how we get ready for bed or where we put our toothbrush or what order we put our shoes on or where we walk the dog or what road we drive on to go to work.  We like patterns- we like repetition.  Just think of what the world would be like without it!  Music wouldn't sound good, no one would know where to drive, no one would ever get any work done, and we couldn't even make carpets or neckties or clothing.  Repetition- pattern- order... there is something very important about it, something very basic and true... But, to be honest,  I don't know if that is what old Piet was saying with his little red, yellow and blue squares or not.  But that is what I thought about when I painted mine.

See this painting in progress here.

Detail of the painting.
"A  painting lives by companionship, expanding and quickening in the eyes
of the sensitive observer.  It dies by the same token.  It is therefore a
risky & unfeeling act to send it out into the world."
-Tiger's Eye Magazine 1947.