Longfellow School studio Great Cranberry Island, Maine.
Define place – explore the nature of space and time, seek out the source of light, react to change and the experience. For me, the process of painting is a form of expression that has the potential to generate a formidable intellectual, physical and emotional response to experience. Nature conjures extraordinary power – extreme energies…what we see…do not see…what we experience…nostalgia, its wonder, curiosities, inner structure, matrix, magic and mystery. All art no matter how literal or of the moment pop, seems to be abstract, relative to the context and the artist’s intention. Abstraction in art (life) can be ambiguous, random, and confusing, often perceived as a “rip-off”, a scam on the true “beauty” of nature. Non-representation, I feel, offers a synchronistic link open to exploration without any preconceived image, idea or reaction.
After reviewing the motivations common to most of my painting efforts to date continues to be intent on an orchestration of elements seeking a synaesthetic outcome. Painting throughout history has provided me a lineage to link with a broad cultural matrix from which one can seem so alienated, while the process offers a reconnective power – like a haiku, a Baziotes painting, or a Bellini landscape. - MD
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