Artist’s statement

PAINTINGS: Leonard Cohen said that “there is a crack, a crack in everything- that’s how the light gets in.” Sometimes the light rides on hue and brightness, sometimes is traced by the interaction of marks which are, after all, just paint on canvas, but which we recognize like a mysterious memory. Our amazing world sings with an underlying luminosity, its radiance seeping from hidden windows. This is what I look for and listen for, and what I try to paint.

My work is signed with my dharma name, “Koku,” which means “vast, empty sky”…the place where paintings come from.

PHOTOGRAPHIC MEDIA:  These pieces (Transformed Life) are based on 16mm film shot over 45 years ago; some of them on black and white film hand developed and stained. Strips of film are scanned using a high resolution flat bed scanner to rescue individual frames which are then arranged in photoshop before printing. The images are stacked in vertical columns so that each piece can be read through time from upper left to lower right. Each image is a distinct separate photograph and since 16 mm film runs at 24 frames a second, each represents 1/24th second of life preserved and yet transformed. This transformation may also include the color modifications which creates the poignancy and mood of each piece.