"Everything that I read, see, feel, and experience influences the outcome of my work. My intent is to create images that are unique and reflect my attraction to those things which inspire, but are often times difficult to explain. Experimenting with different materials has allowed me to create images that take on a life of their own. Pools of paint and polyurethane, and layers of tar and plastic create colors and textures that are simultaneously ugly, shinny, beautiful, strange and infectious. I don't set out to paint a particular subject matter. It is important to me to find clarity through intuition and experimentation." -Nuel Friend
In a 1951 Artist statement, Jackson Pollock states “when you’re painting out of your unconscious,
figures are bound to emerge... painting is a state of being... painting is self-discovery. Every good
artist paints what he is.”
For me, the process of painting is an intense search for the image. When I begin I have no idea where
it may lead. It’s an adventure. Along the way I find things that aid me in my search. I may watch a
movie and catch a scene that attracts my attention. The interaction between actors or the way the
scene is captured. I may read a book and find myself fascinated by the author’s prose. When I find
these things that aid in my search I write them down or just keep them in the back of my mind.
As an artist, you are always working. Even when you don’t have a brush, camera, pen or instrument in your hand, the creative mind is continually at work. Artists are always gathering little pieces to aid in the search for the image.