"C H I A R O B S C U R O"

Talking to Myself in a Ray of Light
Late Afternoon Shadows
People in Rays of Light
Lost at Sea
Movie House
Couple Becoming Family
Boundless Color
Boundary Issues
Jailed Nude with Shadows
Inside with Shadows
Men in Window w/Shadows
Dancers in Shadows
Blinded Woman
Man with Window Shadows
Man with an X Shadow
Man with Shadows #4
Three Men in Shadows
State of Being-Fragmentation
City Burning
Stormy Sea
Playing Dogs - The Park
Still-life w/Shadows
Essence Dance
Broadway Shuffle
Lost in Time
Night on Central Avenue
Memory Garden
Silverstein Family
Holding up the Stack
Playing Marbles
A Boy and His Dog
A Bathroom Dream
Bathroom Dream 2


The term Chiaroscuro usually refers to Renaissance paintings (e.g., Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio), that use dramatic, high contrast lighting, and a dynamic diagonal composition formed by a light source from above, representing the Divinity. In these powerful works, the light strongly defines the form.

I coined my own term, "Chiarobscuro", that signifies the intentional casting of darkness or shadows, which in turn obscures the form, and breaks up the composition into lit fragments and dark shapes. To really understand light, I must also understand it's opposite, the darkness.
These works intersected with my interest in "inner and outer" and "spatial tension". Some works cast their shadows onto other objects in a different parts of the picture plane creating a perspective.