ARTIST STATEMENT: When I draw, I clock in my time on hand-made time sheets. Recording the time helps to demystify the creative process and reminds me of my midwestern, blue-collar upbringing. Working daily, regardless of whether I’m “inspired” or not, has become a ritual, a repetitive way to create purpose. I make my drawings and my time sheets out of simple materials: paper, ink, and a vintage date stamp. Images are then created and built up over time, out of thousands of small repetitive marks.
I work in series, often pretty large (22 x 30inches), using a traditional quill and ink, graphite or a Pilot P-700 pen on 140lb hot press watercolor paper. My “Landscapes” use a combination of source material from public image archives like The Library of Congress, my own photography and location drawing. Observing, drawing and mildly abstracting the photos breaks down the content, making them less about specific places and more about mark making, transformation, and texture. My series of “Space” drawings include photos pulled from the NASA archives and vintage books about Astronomy. Dense, textured, high-contrast images of planetary surfaces are some of the results.
Making multiples (I make limited edition books of my drawings), re-using my past work, and even recycling my drawing materials (I re-box, relabel and re-sell my used pens as an ongoing series) are all part of my obsession with efficiency. Thus, no time working is ever lost.
Lake Swimmers 2014 ink and drawing machine on paper This image is part of a larger body of work that uses a drawing tool that I created out of a compact electric razor and a bic pen. The tool looks like a primitive tattoo machine and creates thousands