I did this painting under the influence of several articles on the war in Syria. I was thinking sectarian warfare, refugee camps, country in turmoil, a people imprisoned in their own land. Oil 20″ x 40.” This painting is on exhibit at The Gallery Underground in Crystal City until the end of January.
|I visited the West Bank late in 2011 and was deeply impressed by the hardships inflicted upon the people there by the Israeli occupation. I came to believe that through its oppression of the Palestinian people, Israel is creating its own terrorists. The wall became a symbol for me of Israeli oppression and of its own captivity behind the wall it has built. The painting above is titled “Watch Tower, oil, ” 30″ x 40.” The painting at left is titled “Free Palestine,” acrylic, 18″ x 24.” The entire series or 15 paintings, titled “Palestine Interrupted,” was exhibit in January 2013 at The Jerusalem Fund in Washington, DC.
This painting, titled “White Spot,” is part of a series titled “Rough Edges.” Almost everybody loves red, so I tried to push it. The whole idea was to play with bold colors and strong images, images that scream out at you and say, “Look at Me!!” Acrylic, 36″ x 36″
I was painting one day and not getting anywhere. So I painted my easel. Then I was happy. Oil 18″ x 24″
This painting is titled “Fire Next Time.” It is part of the series “Abstractions in Yellow and Red” and a 12′ x 12′ enlargement of it is on permanent display on the corner of Crystal Drive and 26th Street in Crystal City.
This painting is part of a series titled “Rectangle Revisited. It is part of the permanent collection of Convergence near Shirlington. At the time, I was working to see how many interesting “plays” I could get from the rectangle.
Bud is a member of Studio Gallery in Washington, DC, the Art League in Alexandria, VA and the Arlington Artists Alliance in Arlington, VA. He works in his studio in Convergence, located in Alexandria, VA.
His works are frequently exhibited in the Studio Gallery in Washington, DC, the Art League Gallery in the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, and in the Arlington Art Gallery in Arlington, VA.
He has been the recipient of The Arlington County Cultural Affairs Award, and his paintings hang in many private collections in this country and around the world. Several of his paintings have been selected by the Crystal City Business Improvement District Association as part of Crystal City’s Art Walls Project. The enlarged paintings are on display on the corner of 26th Street and Crystal Drive.
My abstract work reflects the dynamism, complexity and frequently the ambiguity of life in our contemporary world. I work by layering acrylics charcoals and oil pastels to create depth and build tension in color and form.
My style is uniquely my own. I recognize, however, many influences in my paintings. Sculptor Henry Moore, artists Willem DeKooning, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell and contemporary French artist Bernard Piga have all had an impact on my body of work. Locally I have worked under artists Jane McElvany Coonce, Joyce McCarten, Lisa Semarad, Sara Poly, Rick Weaver, and Marsha Staiger, and I owe them a debt of gratitude.
People respond to colors and forms because these have the power to evoke feelings and experiences deep inside us, some of which we may have almost forgotten. I hope my paintings may bring you a constant and refreshing renewal, an experience you may enjoy for years to come.