WHY THE COMBINATION OF WORDS AND VISUALS? ISN’T A PICTURE WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS?
The picture definitely must predominate, since we increasingly live in a visual world. But it’s undeniable that we also live in a multi-tasking, multi-image world. Every single day, we are bombarded with messages. Ever watch cable news? There are often two or three images on the screen, and a scroll of words running on the bottom. Somehow, we have become accustomed to processing all this information. We are able to order it in our mind, and self-select the most interesting, most relevant information. I simply put that process into a two-dimensional piece. Incidentally, I did not start out this way. My initial work was purely visual, mostly in the medium of pastels. I still love the medium, and usually do one or two new pieces a year in that style. But I began to gravitate towards a combination of pictures and underlying typed images. I started by painting over sheet music, and liked the effect and the layers of meaning. Gradually, I evolved into creating my own lists. I sometimes call