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I am a abstract artist transplanted from Chicago via Ann Arbor to the Research Triangle. Soon after my arrival I came under the tutelage of a local ArtSpace artist, Eric McRay. For about 2 decades most of my painting was in watercolor but after moving to Raleigh I have switched to acrylics particularly because of the texture and structure it allows. I want my paintings viewed and touched. Current efforts are focused in melding styles of pre-WWII and post WWII abstract art. Latest emphasis of work is an attempt to mix the energy, passion and unpredictability of abstract expressionism with the stark simplicity of gestural illustration found in the early 20th century masters. Many works aspire to an aesthetic polygamy of Joan Mitchell at various times married to Matisse, Picasso, Klee, or Miro while fooling around with Dubufett. Few pieces are preconceived except for the color scheme.  Immersed in the stillness of creation, a dark energy directs brush and palette strokes that are spontaneous and initially chaotic. Perhaps they are glimpses into my dreams or subconscious or another quantum self.   My process of painting attempts to create order from the initial disorder and chaos/entropy. I refer to this effort as “negentropy” which in essence defines life, as all biology creates order from the chaos of atoms. As a result of this approach, many efforts fail, and to paraphrase better artists than myself, my art consists of the mistakes I keep.

Please contact me at nowhining@earthlink.net or leave a message at 919-848-6272 to arrange for purchases and private “viewings and touchings” of my paintings in North Raleigh. I also hope to see you at upcoming events and apologize that some images as photographed don’t convey the vivid color of the paintings, a problem I will correct in time.