“The Pity of War”

“The Pity of War”

January 02, 2017

A generation that had gone to school on a horse-drawn streetcar stood under the open sky, after WWI, in a countryside in which nothing remained unchanged but the clouds, and beneath these clouds, in a field of forces of destructive torrents and explosions, was the tiny, fragile human life.

—Walter Benjamin

L’Hirondelle, 2015
Oil on canvas, 72 x 72″

Through a...

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A Painter’s Bookshelf: Bad Boy

December 20, 2016

Working toward that moment—what painters call the frozen moment—led me to a new way of narrative painting. Painting is about trying to get to that instant that is pregnant with some special kind of energy. Done right, there’s an exquisite tension in the painting that comes from a precise set of relationships—between forms on an abstract level and between people on an image level. Finding where to arrest the...

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A Painter’s Bookshelf: Daily Rituals

December 18, 2016

Recollect that only when habits of order are formed can we advance to really interesting fields of action—and consequently accumulate grain on grain of wilful choice like a very miser—never forgetting how one link dropped undoes indefinite number.   —William James


I wish I had a routine for writing. I get up in the morning and I go out to my studio and write. And then...

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