Like many artists, I find it extremely difficult to express in words why I make art or what artmaking means in my life. I suspect that I am also like most artists in believing that my work speaks for itself or there is no point in making it.
My latest show is variously inspired. I have been interested for some time in trying different paint surfaces. Some of the new pieces are on gessoed paper. Mostly, I have been exploring painting with oils on mylar. As I often do, I made several self-portraits to explore the medium before making a small series of paintings of architectureal details from buildings in Laos. These small architectural details seem to me to hold the whole of my experience in Laos. And then, there are the hats. I have wanted to make a series of hat portraits for years. This is not the beginning - more than 10 years ago, I made two hat paintings that I thought would begin the series. It has taken a long time to ripen the impetus. I hope there will be more.
To my eye, my palette in this show is very different from my previous exhibitions. This may be a reflection of the medium.