Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Ylla, oil/panel, 36" x 48" (click to enlarge)

Twisted tree forms are for me what a really cool "chop" is to a jazz musician. The melodic line needs to be inventive and somewhat unpredictable within the structure of the tune. The soloist's sequence of notes needs to have some ornamentation and richness of tone in order to both stand out from the other players and remain harmonious with the major or minor key. These paintings begin with a rapid gestural application of paint that sets out the movement, twists and turns. I try to be like a sax player who winds up and plays a great riff.