Happy New Year, and I look forward to sharing my studio with you with this blog....
Regarding the current sad state of affairs in the art world...
When something that is sacred is debased by groups of lower consciousness and falsely defined to suite their agenda, a pervasive disease squelches the whole system.
I taught at the graduate level for 20 years and listened to the BS that came from lesser artists. After being out of the schools and the gallery system now for 10 years, and having built a powerful following, I can tell the truth because of my expertise. The gallery and haut monde art system as it is now blocks truth. It shrinks visibility and opportunity.
Ultimately this takes money off the table that otherwise would go to my family and well being.
Knowing this I have assembled a powerful contingent that can back me up. In terms of teaching in an institution, I can not make a living in the current system, and no gallery of worth will have me. So there is only one option: Strike out on my own. Set my own goals and standards for others to follow.
Critics are listening and taking notice. I must add that there is more than technique involved here... I have a deeper understanding of what Classicism stands for because of the vocabulary that I have learned from my wife Traci L. Slatton. The concepts and underlying structural designs that I use are not present in photorealism or the new "french academy" schools that have sprung up.
This art spirit and vitality manifested through a classical form is timeless and modern. It is shockingly beautiful. It carries tremendous presence.
It is now time after 30 years of my own creation in my studio to make it visible as the next paradigm. There are no excuses for the sad current worthless crap! :-)