In the mid-80s, I decided that my art identity had become too defined by small, tightly controlled drawings. A larger, looser approach became my challenge. Rembrandt and Watteau became my new models.
I chose large graphite pencils, and extensive use of eraser as a drawing tool, together with dry, pure pigments as media. A guiding idea was that, as far as possible, every mark had to be singular and dynamic. Each must show a velocity. Moving from the prior smaller-scale works, I expanded the scale to 30” x 40”.
The subjects were implied narratives, extrapolated from my own experiences, but allowing a viewer to imagine their own story. The images themselves were derived from to me, an ironic combination of high art historical sources, and unsolicited clothing catalogs that came in the mail.