long story short
I had a painting selected recently for inclusion in an exhibit/competition sort of thing in South Carolina. They needed an artist statement, and I decided at the last minute to compose a stripped-down version… about as compact as I could do on a whim:
For the last eight years, I have worked with Civil War related images to illustrate the beauty and depth of the human experience. In looking intensely at our mortality, and using war as a metaphor for the journey of ?life and death,? this visual vocabulary has become an ideal vehicle for my artistic voice. Being from the South seems to be an inadvertent addition to my attraction to the particular source material.