I decided to share some images of paintings I did in college, and the years just after. I experimented quite a bit with how I painted and had some wide ranging interests, from plein air to abstract painting. Most of the things I did were somewhere in the middle. Like the painting above, which was painted from life, but obviously had a fairly abstract approach, built upon a color and design scheme.This painting was soon after I graduated from college, sometime in 2000.
This is another painting from the same time. I lived in a small apartment in Brooklyn with 3 other guys, all doing creative work/study. These paintings have a pretty obvious influence of Richard Diebenkorn, but I was also really interested in Wolf Kahn, Joan Mitchell, the impressionists, deKooning, Rembrandt, Bonnard, Vuilalrd… At the time I did not see any connection between all of these different approaches, but as I look back, I think the most important element they all share is a love of paint and color. They are all expressive in their brushwork and doing interesting things with color relationships. Diebenkorn and the Bay Area figurative painters were working in a way that most excited me, so for a time I was wrapped up in trying to figure out how they put together their images. I wanted to understand what decisions were made about simplifying and designing an image. I did a lot of reaching and did not get near far enough, but it helped shape some of my interests in painting as I moved on.