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Degradant artist living the good life in his favorite place on earth.

The top 5 most influencial NM artists

A few years back I was asked by a NM publication: Who were the most important New Mexican artists of the last 100 years? I ran across the list today and thought I’d share. My first artist of importance isn’t an individual at all: 1. The Taos Society of Artists was formed in 1915- They […]

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A conversation about “STYLE”

Many of the conversations in my studio recently have dealt with the concept and definition of style. I find that artists are particularly interested in exactly “how” a particular image has been created. I have the teaching gene and have always been particularly open with what media, technique, and processes I use. In some ways […]

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New Assemblage Works

This recent body of work is an attempt to relate on a visceral level the commonality of our experience with being and the knowledge of someday not being.   My interest in nostalgic items has caused many individuals to bring me old books of photos. This phenomenon combined with my wife’s recent interest in genealogy […]

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A favorite excerpt

This is a favorite excerpt from Robert Hughes’ most excellent “American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America”. “The Taos of 1920 was not the Taos we have today. It had not yet become a high-sierra New Age theme park full of channelers, holistic healers, and matched blond lesbians in Jeep Cherokees.” Not only […]

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A Word About Conceptual Art

  I have had quite a few people who were quite amused by my recent mixed media piece “How Clever (Hirst Meets Koons)”, but have done more than a bit of explaining the nuances of my title and it’s connection to the work. This work is a reaction to the type of oh-so-clever work being […]

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In Defense of Illustration

Early in my arts “education” I ran upon the rather curious disdain by the intelligentsia for anything deemed “Illustrative”. While I somewhat understand this distinction…I am flustered by its’ decidedly negative connotation. I remember doing a paper on the most-excellent Mexican artist Jose Luis Cuevas, in which I referred to Cuevas as an illustrator. Of […]

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