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

Talking to Myself in a Ray of Light

Talking to Myself in a Ray of Light

Late Afternoon Shadows

Late Afternoon Shadows

People in Rays of Light

People in Rays of Light

History

History

Lost at Sea

Lost at Sea

Movie House

Movie House

Couple Becoming Family

Couple Becoming Family

Boundless Color

Boundless Color

Boundary Issues

Boundary Issues

Jailed Nude with Shadows

Jailed Nude with Shadows

Inside with Shadows

Inside with Shadows

Men in Window w/Shadows

Men in Window w/Shadows

Dancers in Shadows

Dancers in Shadows

Blinded Woman

Blinded Woman

Man with Window Shadows

Man with Window Shadows

Man with an X Shadow

Man with an X Shadow

Man with Shadows #4

Man with Shadows #4

Three Men in Shadows

Three Men in Shadows

State of Being-Fragmentation

State of Being-Fragmentation

City Burning

City Burning

Stormy Sea

Stormy Sea

Playing Dogs - The Park

Playing Dogs - The Park

Still-life w/Shadows

Still-life w/Shadows

Essence Dance

Essence Dance

Broadway Shuffle

Broadway Shuffle

Lost in Time

Lost in Time

Night on Central Avenue

Night on Central Avenue

Memory Garden

Memory Garden

Silverstein Family

Silverstein Family

Holding up the Stack

Holding up the Stack

Serengeti

Serengeti

Playing Marbles

Playing Marbles

A Boy and His Dog

A Boy and His Dog

A Bathroom Dream

A Bathroom Dream

Bathroom Dream 2

Bathroom Dream 2

"CHIAROBSCURO"

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.