Favorite Artists

Chatting With Matisse and Diebenkorn

Chatting With Matisse and Diebenkorn

Henri Matisse: “Exactitude is not truth.”  ……  Richard Diebenkorn: “One wants to see the artifice of the thing as well as the artist.”    Henri Matisse: “I’ve been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black.”  ……  Richard Diebenkorn: “It’s starting with a plan and letting the painting change your mind.”  Recently I had the great […]

Will Barnet's Shapes

Will Barnet’s Shapes

           “One painting can have over one hundred drawings for it.”   Will Barnet                                Comments from Peggy and Diane on my last post about Will Barnet got me thinking about how deeply ingrained some things are within each of us. I was so envious when Peggy said that her dad showed her books of Russian Icons when […]

Will Barnet, A Man of Ideas

Will Barnet, A Man of Ideas

“My figurative work is basically abstract in thinking.”    Will Barnet Will Barnet, one of my heroes and all-time favorite artists, passed away last November at the age of 101.   A painter and teacher, he had a passion for composition, art history, and the anatomy of the picture surface. Believing that contemporary art should be linked with great paintings […]

Nathan Oliveira

Nathan Oliveira

“Visual art is a vehicle for creating worlds that are non-existent.”       Nathan Oliveira I recently learned that one of my favorite contemporary artists, Nathan Oliveira, passed away in November. I was first drawn to Oliveira’s work because he is often associated with the Bay Area Figurative Painters, an art movement that has greatly impacted my work […]