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i have been working for the past twenty five years as an artist. I earned a bfa in drawing and a mfa in printmaking. my aesthetic sense tends to lean towards the immediacy of mark making no matter …

i have been working for the past twenty five years as an artist. I earned a bfa in drawing and a mfa in printmaking. my aesthetic sense tends to lean towards the immediacy of mark making no matter the media i chose to express my ideas.

each medium lends itself to particular approaches for visual expression, but i am always interested in providing moments of visual interest and metaphors that serve as catalysts for thought.

i strive to provide others with a road map of my inner journeyings.

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  • 1. Saturday, January 30, 2010
  • 2. BACKGROUND Saturday, January 30, 2010
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  • 9. MY WORK Saturday, January 30, 2010
  • 10. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE My work currently hinges upon a precarious balance on the fulcrum of time. Place may be unclear or transparent. Forms may be recognizable or abstract. I take random acts strewn throughout my life and attempt to weave them into an abstract tapestry of beauty. I find structures of meaning for the seemingly chaotic—an aesthetic dance derived from the ugly or uneventful. Life can seem like scattered, random acts strewn in an arbitrary manner, constrained only by days, weeks and years. I constantly attempt to find meaning and see patterns of beauty in overlapping, entangling events and the endless parade of images. The formal properties of this body of work attempt to parallel symbolic meanings through the expression of formal elements. Opaque shapes push against the constraints of dark lines in opposition with the backgroundʼs transparency. Stepping back from the surface of my lifeʼs canvas, I often find order, beauty and harmony in the chaotic messiness of living. The ebb and flow of countless events fill our daily lives, becoming part of a larger aesthetic where beauty can be revealed and potential meaning embraced. Saturday, January 30, 2010
  • 11. ` systematic observations oil 2009 35” X 25” Saturday, January 30, 2010
  • 12. relationship between chaos oil 2009 35” X 25” Saturday, January 30, 2010
  • 13. incongruent vessels oil 2009 35” X 25” Saturday, January 30, 2010
  • 14. remnants of a life oil 2009 35” X 25” Saturday, January 30, 2010
  • 15. emerging patterns oil 2009 35” X 25” Saturday, January 30, 2010
  • 16. conditions of life oil 2009 35” X 25” Saturday, January 30, 2010
  • 17. towards balance oil 2009 35” X 25” Saturday, January 30, 2010
  • 18. dynamics of action oil 2009 35” X 25” Saturday, January 30, 2010
  • 19. behaving randomly oil 2009 35” X 25” Saturday, January 30, 2010
  • 20. analysis of chaos oil 2009 35” X 25” Saturday, January 30, 2010
  • 21. PRINTS Saturday, January 30, 2010
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  • 42. TEACHER•ARTIST•RESEACHER Saturday, January 30, 2010
  • 43. artist Saturday, January 30, 2010
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  • 48. teacher Saturday, January 30, 2010
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  • 63. THE sketchbook traveling PROJECT "I will venture to conclude, however, that what the arts were for-an embodiment and reinforcement of socially shared significances-is what we crave and are perishing for today." -ellen Dissanayake About this project This project is an attempt to do two share the images, writings, etc. with the things. First, to help art interested people community. The Project is a collaborative experi- make connections with each other, and This dynamic interaction between ment attempting to follow 50 visual jour- those they associate with through the participants and what they share in the nals throughout their travels from state of passing of the Traveling Sketchbooks - pages of these books should be an exciting Utah from February 2008 through Febru- person to person during the course of this journey. ary 2009. The intent is to provide a vehi- upcoming year. Secondly, to chronicle Contact James Rees at cle for creative interaction between art and map the journey of these books and jamesr@provo.edu or 801.373.6550 ext educators, artists and strangers. 3370 supported by! sponsored by Expression through personal contact 2008-2009 It has also been interesting to discover that the very system which instructs and produces artists in schools, generally causes art teachers to stop producing art. Here is an opportu- nity to rediscover your creative side and express your thoughts, either visually or in words. These sketchbooks will spread out into the community and will return within the next year. Saturday, January 30, 2010
  • 64. organizational work Saturday, January 30, 2010
  • 65. text teaching Saturday, January 30, 2010
  • 66. other teaching Saturday, January 30, 2010
  • 67. Robert Henri stated, “The object of painting a picture is not to make a picture-however unreasonable this may sound. The picture, if a picture results, is a by-product and may be useful, valuable, interesting as a sign of what has past. The object, which is in back of every true work of art, is the attainment of a state of being, a more than ordinary moment of existence.” Saturday, January 30, 2010
  • 68. jamesreesart.com www.agalleryonline.com Saturday, January 30, 2010