Magazine article Southwest Art

My World

Magazine article Southwest Art

My World

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Describe your studio. It's an old, historic space that I began renting in 1995. It was built in 1922 by painter John Sloan, and it's seen a lot of the art life in Santa Fe. At that time Santa Fe was a rough-and-tumble town with dirt roads and lots of bars. Sloan worked here, but in the evening the studio turned into a gambling space. There are dice painted on the doors.

How do your surroundings in Santa Fe Influence your work? It influences me to the extent that it is a place with exceptional clarity of air and incredible clouds and storms. The cloud formations that climb up out of the hills are mind-boggling. Many people speak about the sunsets here and how they are so beautiful. But I wait for late May and earlyjune and the thunderstorms that come then. That's when the real excitement of the season is upon us. It's not unusual for me to check the radar on the Internet, get in my car, and drive out to where the storms are forming so I can do cloud studies and find inspiration for larger pieces,

Why do yon prefer landscape painting over other genres? I have done plenty of still lifes and also figurative pieces with models at the Art Students League of New York. But most importantly I am a traveler. The notion of going out from the studio into the spaces is a terrific dynamic. It galvanizes my enthusiasm. I seek out moments in nature that are poignant. Part of my discipline as a landscape painter Is to use years of studying master painters to translate my experience. But I create my own particular language about what is happening in the landscape. Landscape for me is a very personal way of expressing life experience.

What maste do yon play In the studio? I play the romantics - Wagner, Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven. And I love the moderns, like Stravinsky.

What impresses yon abont other artists' works? Not a great deal. 1 am a harsh critic not only of others' work but also of my own. …

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