Category: 2 – Responsive Paintings

These pieces are specific responses to music, philosophical ideas, or formative experiences that resonate with me. Though sparked by a specific inspiration, the process of responding spontaneously to that inspiration through painting helps me unpack and further understand why that song, idea, or experience is meaningful to me. Sometimes, a painting will begin without specific inspiration but will develop into a responsive exercise where I allow the painting to guide my actions rather than my ego or expectations.

Si! (2017)

IMG_2664

Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 inches

SOLD in April 2017 to a private collector in Kansas

Responsive painting inspired by a live performance of Si!, a composition for tuba and live electronics composed by Karlheinz Essl; performed at Cider Gallery in Lawrence, KS on April 25, 2017 by Brett Keating and University of Kansas Prof. Bryan Kip Haaheim (North American Premiere).

This piece was one of seven spontaneously-produced paintings as I listened to Brett perform six separate electro-acoustic music compositions for trombone, euphonium and live electronics.

Here’s a video of Essl performing Si! in Innsbruck, Austria on November 29, 2015:

Wind Shadows (2017)

IMG_3641

Gesso on canvas
24 x 30 inches

Responsive painting inspired by a live performance of Wind Shadows, a composition for  trombone and closely tuned oscillators composed by Alvin Lucier; performed at Cider Gallery in Lawrence, KS on April 25, 2017 by Brett Keating.

This piece was the first of seven spontaneously-produced paintings as I listened to Brett perform six separate electro-acoustic music compositions for trombone, euphonium and live electronics.

Here’s a recording of the same piece performed by James Fulkerson (trombone) and Alvin Lucier (oscillator):

1,102 (2015)

IMG_4546

House paint and oil on canvas
30 x 40 inches

Inspired by a photograph I took of the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, O’ahu, Hawaii in June, 2014. More than 2.3 quarts of oil percolate to the surface from the battleship every day, serving as a reminder to those who visit that the site is still very active. While it’s obviously not good for the aquatic environment, I find the periodic oil blooms on the surface to be a poignant unintentional feature of the memorial; almost as if the spirits of the 1,102 people that lost their life there are acknowledging the millions of people who pay their respects each year.