As a musician, I have always had a deep love and appreciation for the art form known as jazz. Many styles exist, yet the fundamental likeness of all jazz is the art of improvisation. Jazz artists “paint” their work on a canvas of form and structure. Upon the tune’s canvas, musicians improvise works that have endless melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic variations.
When I paint white-line woodblock prints, I am struck by how similar the creative process is to that of jazz. Carving the block is like writing the tune with its harmony, its melody, its form. Once the master block is carved, the song composed, I begin to “play” the tune. With a brush I improvise over the form with water-colors, oils, gauches, and inks. The “tune” never changes yet each “recording” is wonderfully unique. I hope you enjoy “listening” to my pieces as much as I’ve enjoyed creating them.