Grounded in both old and new traditions, I first trained in Connecticut as an Illustrator, Graphic Designer, and Muralist, before heading west to pursue a M.F.A. at Idaho State University in 1987. There, I learned to allow myself the freedom to chase my own vision and let the elements of my past collide with creative results...
I have always responded to the technique, history, finish, and the almost surreal mood and lighting of old painting. I have also been influenced by the fresh approach of Modern Art, as well as the skill of many Illustrators. "Pan Imagery" grew from the use of painting as a way to reconcile my various interests and experiences as an artist to a contemporary context. Luck was also a factor, as it was the "happy accident" of some artwork falling to the floor that launched this series - which also strives for subtlety, precision, and a "pre-fab" appearance.
With Pan Imagery I'm simply playing with images, references, and techniques that are derived from many genres to create interesting combinations of elements, open interpretations, poetic effects, & personal meaning. My source material for this work is often Art History, the media, memory, or just a spontaneous interaction with paint... I merely enjoy creating art to free-associate with.