oil painting on birch panel
14 inches square
the floating series is one i began when i was doing a post-grad summer at the chautauqua school of art what seems like a million years ago in 2000. i had been interested in abstract art, in particular abstract expressionism, but had been feeling that it just wasn't for me, it wasn't me. with a bit of coaxing from some of the teachers (and a bit of discouragement from some of the others) i left behind the abstract work and began to explore the figure and symbolism. it began with birds and crowns and floating, imagery that i believed people would feel a connection to and feel that they knew the meaning to. i wanted each piece to feel like it had a story behind it and a deeper meaning without necessarily having one, i wanted to allude to more and i really didn't care what, i just wanted people to connect to the pieces emotionally and i didn't want them to need explanation which i felt couldn't happen with my abstract. that's what the floating is about, simply something people connect to and i guess i've connected to it because i just keep painting it.