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I started drawing Icons as an excuse to leave my home. To get out and see something local or national that makes (in my opinion) an icon. First, I stayed close to home and drew the cannon that is an iconic image in Union, NJ. This is really a cross over piece. It is part portrait (that is my head being blown out of the cannon) and part Icon (the cannon). Next, I went National with the Statue of Liberty, the Liberty Bell and Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Princeton and so on. I soon discovered that this new series has brought out a revelation regarding myself. The revelation is a contradiction of style. Which is a reflection of self. Control (analytical) versus instinct & impulse (intuitive). I start by drawing the image as tightly and analytically as possible. Next, I apply the rice paper as intuitively and loosely as possible. Lastly, I allow chance to take part in this effort by mounting the work and letting chance have it’s way with the surface. In the end, I can only hope that the viewer receives the image in a visceral way.
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