STATEMENT

A GIFT  FROM  SAM FRIED, ARTIST,TEACHER AND FRIEND

“ART IS A LOVE AFFAIR WITH LIFE”  BY HENRY MILLER”

EVERY DAY WE SLAUGHTER OUR FINEST IMPULSES.  THAT IS WHY WE GET A HEART-ACHE WHEN WE READ THOSE LINES WRITTEN BY THE HAND OF A MASTER AND RECOGNIZE THEM AS OUR OWN, AS THE TENDER SHOOTS WHICH WE STIFLED BECAUSE WE LACKED THE FAITH TO BELIEVE IN OUR OWN POWERS, OUR CRITERION OF TRUTH AND BEAUTY.  EVERY MAN WHEN HE GETS QUIET, WHEN HE BECOMES DESPERATELY HONEST WITH HIMSELF, IS CAPABLE OF UTTERING PROFOUND TRUTHS.  WE ALL DERIVE FROM THE SAME SOURCE.  THERE IS NO MYSTERY ABOUT THE ORIGIN OF THINGS.  WE ARE ALL PART OF CREATION; ALL KINGS, ALL POETS, ALL MUSICIANS; WE HAVE ONLY TO OPEN UP, ONLY TO DISCOVER WHAT IS ALREADY THERE.”

OIL PAINT HAS BEEN MY MEDIUM FOR OVER FIFTY YEARS. ALL CANVASES ARE OF FINE LINEN PRIMED WITH RABBIT SKIN GLUE AND OIL PAINT, THEN MOUNTED ON WOODEN STRETCHERS.  EACH PAINTING IS COMPOSED OF MANY LAYERS OF PAINT AND GLAZES.  COMPOSITION, PERSPECTIVE, LIGHT, COLOR AND SURFACE OF THE PAINTING ARE ALL IMPORTANT TO MY WORK.  SYMBOLISM IS  EXPRESSED IN FORMS AND COLOR.  LINE PERSPECTIVE AND COMPOSITION GIVE THE PAINTING RHYTHM, AND CHIAROSCURO CREATES THE MOOD.  I USE ACCUMULATED VISUAL MEMORY WITH NO MODEL OR PRELIMINARY DRAWINGS.  I ONLY PAINT IN NATURAL LIGHT.