I was born in Nashville, Tennessee on July 4, 1952. I spent a rather idyllic childhood living in the country near Macon, Georgia where I started drawing at about the age of seven, got my first oil painting set at about ten, and some time in-between, first saw an exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s engineering exploits. I was sold; I wanted to be an artist and thinker.
“Color Wave Study No. 2 (Fringe)”: This piece was the second study for the “Poles” series. In the first study, I had used a very regular curve which I found dull, so in this one I used a more interesting curve (which is actually half of one of the figures from the “Presence” series). I also tightened the spacing between the bands of colors compared to the first study since they hadn’t seemed to do what I wanted in it. Although I was happy with the spacing and how the color worked in this one, I still didn’t feel like it was interesting enough for the series I had in mind. In the next piece (the first of the series proper), I flipped the curve to make the positive/negative figures that define the series. As in all the pieces represented, the paint was slung from an extra-fine straight pin onto the canvas at very high speed, which is what creates the super-fine mark.