Tomorrow will come on its green footsteps is a phrase from Sonnet 49, a poem by Pablo Neruda. The entire line reads Tomorrow will come on its green footsteps; no one can stop the river of the dawn. Beginning in 2017, I began reading Neruda poems and they inspired the title for a new cycle of works, beginning with these watercolors. When I find in poetry or literature something expressed that is akin to my experience of nature or events, works are often titled with lines or fragments from these favorite poems or books. Watercolors from this series can be found in the Works on Paper section of the website.
Everything is Sky is an ongoing series that still contains the experience of a visit to the Guyana rainforest in 2011 even as the memory has dimmed and my New Jersey environment vies for attention. The title came to mind while reading "Where the Heart Beats", a biography of John Cage by Kay Larson. How Cage's experience of Zen Buddhism influenced his art has given me much to consider in my approach to painting. I paint directly on the support: My intention is to maintain the immediacy of the mark. The image is revealed through the process. My touchstone always is the phenomenological world.
Now you feel how nothing clings to you is a line from the poem "The Buddha in Glory" by Ranier Maria Rilke that I read at my brother's funeral in late 2009. My reading of the poem was the impetus to reflect on chaos and impermanence and for beginning these paintings. A profound experience of visiting the Guyana rainforest in 2011 became a strong influence on the subject matter of this series.
16 Paintings for Marjorie are acrylic on wood panels. They extend my process, which engaged me for fifteen years, of producing works composed of multiples of four.