Telling Stories

Written words aren’t words. Words aren’t inherently typed. Words do not require alphabets. Much of my work is specifically about words, but type is not my chosen vehicle. Like visual art, words are used to articulate an idea, but comparatively, words are further abstracted from their idea than visual interpretations. Written words rely on a system which offers a product nothing like the idea it interprets. Alphabets have no relation to actual objects. Words are only a more commonplace tool for describing and telling stories than visual imagery, and are more specific a means of communication than pictures.
Pictures, however, are far more relatable to their subject. They represent qualitatively while communicating. In their lack of specificity, images pluck a deeper chord and speak to the illiterate. My current paintings are an attempt to further develop the communicative quality of visual imagery. I am telling short stories with paint on canvas. Structured to resemble a plot, graphic lines and simplified depictions communicate directly, unifying qualities of the graphic novel with traditional painting techniques.

A trip to Egypt, particularly the Valley of the Kings, as well as the work of Milton Glaser, were endlessly inspirational to this series.