about the artist

"Daily Number 3" 2018 12x12

"Daily Number 3" 2018 12x12

 

My Story

Before you decide how you feel about my new artwork I have to tell you that these new works are from the digital painting project I've been working on for several years off and on. I think I've perfected my tools and process to the point where I can no longer tell the difference between one of my scanned paintings and my digitally painted ones. The process for both is almost identical, but the difference is that I am painting in a 3D generated environment vs a real one with the digital work. The materials and optics are very much the same to the naked eye. The canvas looks like canvas, smeared paint looks like smeared paint, and a stain on the canvas looks like a stain. In fact, they are my stains, brushstrokes, and smears from physical scans.

Most people do not know that I had been very involved in the development of digital painting tools. When I was young I took computer engineering courses during the day and went to art school at night. Soon after my education, I moved to Silicon Valley to work in the tech industry. I consulted with big companies like Adobe, Macromedia, Maxxon, Newtek, Centaur, and few others, to help develop their paint programs, some from the very first version. A lot of my artwork was on the packaging for those products in the early years. The tools people use today like Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paint, and Cinema 4D I had a hand in developing. It's one the few things I am proud of accomplishing.

A lot of you know the rest of the story about my getting ill and almost dying when doctors had no idea why. Losing almost a decade and my painting skills to what turned out to be a brain abnormality. This is why I started working with digital tools originally because I was bedridden for a long time, and it gave some way to gain back some of what I lost. Over time was able to paint again, but I still have a lot of perception issues which the digital tools help me with. I also kept working on my tools because there was no guarantee that it wouldn’t happen again.

So now I do both, but I use my own methods, processes, and tools now, and the tools tend to cross over back and forth to blur the lines even further. The vision of what I want to make has always stayed the same, it's just how I get there now that is different. I sill have to decide what tone, color and brushstrokes goes where, only now I can do so without dealing with the mess, materials, and chemicals when I am not feeling well. Which means I can keep working no matter what.

I don't know if this process will ever be respected the way traditional art is, and perhaps it shouldn't but I needed a way to get through my ordeal and this did that for me, and it continues to let me create my vision of the world. I will always do both, but I find that I enjoy my digital process much more, and the results are just as good as my physical art in many ways. You can decide for yourself, the header image in this post is a close up of one of my digital works which simulated my acrylic on wood panel paintings.