Gesture: This is one of the many ideas that connect music and graphic art. Both forms can document a moment in time and space, when a creative act takes the form of intentional gestures. When we ask ourselves, “What gives meaning to art?” we see that the act of making something involves many small decisions about what NOT to do, in order to shape the direction of the resulting piece. In making music, we spend a lot of time practicing to get gestural languages that are expressive – controlling vibrato or glissando for example, dynamics and tone. I find an analog in “the line” in art, and I love the expressive gestures of calligraphy for example. For this reason, I am exploring calligraphic gestures, black lines on paper. Yet, for some reason I find it interesting to divorce these lines from obvious human touch, like a brush or pen. I am using some indirect techniques of transferring paint from objects laid down on the paper, much as Paul Klee would have done a hundred years ago. I like the abstraction this creates.
Synesthesia: I experience a rather subtle sort of synesthesia when I work on music. In particular, I feel the musical textures on my skin. In fact I experience much of the world this way, as a variety of textures on the skin or in the body, somatically. What we call “proprioception” or the sensing of the inside of the body, seems to extend outside to the other senses. This is one reason I tend to make rather quiet music, and I get exhausted in loud or over-stimulating environments like movies or video games, which I tend to avoid. When I am exploring graphic art, I can experiment with these different sensations in a new environment. Some of the pieces use heavy impasto or thick layers of gesso to reference stone or old eroded surfaces. Some of these are directly referencing ancient rock art, and you might see a long fascination I have had with petroglyphs (a very early piece of mine on Trances is called “Cave Paintings” for example.)
Before 2018, I had not yet sold any of my paintings, but that is changing. With this renewal of interest, I am starting to offer these for sale to people who inquire. A few of them will most likely end up as cover art, but almost everything could be available if you contact me and make an offer. Regarding those that have already sold, I am not yet posting prices, but I will happily discuss in private.