Like many of my larger paintings, ‘Wired’ started on a vast sheet of loose canvas on my studio floor, perhaps 12’ or so. I love wet on wet, so down on my hands and knees with various intense Golden High Flow Acrylics and Inks, Plaster Spatulas (my favorite tools as they allow me to move fast and furious), and anything else that allowed me to make marks. For days I rolled around on the ground with this canvas, enjoying the layers of rich color and texture as the painting came to life, what I envisioned was a beautiful field of wildflowers with a palette of bold Leroy Neiman color.
The paint gods stepped in one afternoon.
‘Wired’ (not titled at the time), was lying on the ground … I stood over it, with a squeeze bottle of black paint (I use this often for major mark making), and started to draw large, what I intuitively felt needed to fill the canvas over my beautiful color and texture, with abstract TULIPS, with thick black stems. This DID NOT make sense and I was very upset! Yet I knew this would make sense sometime down the road so I had to step away for a while.
Over the course of the next month I finished the painting with detail, signed it but was utterly confused as it still made no sense to me, unti one day when I was talking to my girlfriend about the title ‘Tulips,’ telling her it just doesn’t fit. She said, “You know, they look like TV sets.” OMG! I said, “That’s it! These aren’t tulips. Those ARE TV’s and … they are Cell Phones and Laptops and Headphones and Video Games and …. They are All Things electronic that take away our attention from what is directly behind those TV’s - all that beautiful color - Nature.
“WIRED” is a perfect example of how some paintings are painted thru me as opposed to by me.