When I made the switch from traditional to digital media—this was around 1995, I think—I undertook the experiment of recreating dozens of pre-digital styles, just to see how they would look. That's why the pictures here have their roots in everything from Kandinsky to Rembrandt, from French impressionism to the Sunday comics. I will leave it to the viewer to determine which experiments succeeded. The entire gallery consists of over a thousand pieces, many of which are yet to be posted. I have arranged these into smaller galleries, the titles of which (because art should defy categorization) will not be especially helpful. So you should look upon this visit as a kind of adventure: Keep a sharp machete in hand and trudge boldly forward, ready for any surprise. — VEF
Edit: In August of 2016, my house—and more importantly, my studio—were destroyed by the worst flood my area has seen in 500 years. I ordered a massive rebuilding program that continued for roughly eighteen months. During that time I created very little, apart from a stunning level of indebtedness. But during that time I had an opportunity to edit, rethink and reorganize the gallery. That project is still under way, so your comments are welcome. Thanks for dropping by, and help yourself to coffee and donuts. I mean, if you have any.
Adrift On the Stream Of Consciousness
"Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things." Ray Bradbury ... "My work is incomprehensible and therefore full of deep significance." Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes
Won't Match Your Sofa
"Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential." Wassily Kandinsky ... "Abstract art is the product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the totally bewildered." Al Capp
The pictures here are decidedly digital and would be difficult to create with anything other than a big computer and a half-dozen utterly bewildering programs. I create these masterpieces by banging on the keyboard like a monkey and waiting to see what happens. It has taken me years to perfect this technique.
"Vita brevis breviter in brevi finietur / Mors venit velociter quae neminem veretur / Omnia mors perimit et nulli miseretur / Ad mortem festinamus peccare desistamus" ... "Life is short, and shortly it will end / Death comes quickly and respects no one / Death destroys everything and takes pity on no one / To death we are hastening, let us refrain from sinning" Memento Mori, 1399