Key West Rust – try saying that fast, three times

I love the jewel-like detail of this rusted tub I found in Key West recently.
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If you’re into texture…

Most of my work is dripping with texture.  I scrape across the canvas with a variety of tools and materials to get a layered, texture effect.  These close-ups of “Winter Woods” show some of the textural detail. This is a large piece (5 ft. x 4 ft.).  I like that you can stand close to it and have a different experience.

Eureka!

Eureka!  A young artist of immense talent has come into my plane of vision.

His name is Cody Hooper.  He is a prolific painter and his pieces are large – but that’s not the point.  The textures he creates draws me in.  There is a pristine, elemental quality to his color use.  He claims to be inspired by Da Vinci and Georgia O’Keeffe, but I really think he is channelling Mark Rothko and Richard Diebenkorn in style; at the very least, he has the spirit of the American Abstract Expressionist movement.

Please go to his site to see his full body of work.

With Mr. Hooper’s work, we can sense a ghost of Mark Rothko’s classic abstracts.  There is difference:  With Rothko, we work to understand the raw beauty born of post WWII angst.   Hooper’s work is breathtakingly beautiful immediately.  In it, we see hope and life in the surface.  How does he do that?!

And surprise! Mr. Hooper has created several, very large, sheet music collage pieces that create a sensation that we have unearthed the composers original work that had been hidden away for centuries.  Lovely!

Please go to his site to see his full body of work. I promise you will not be disappointed.