My visual development was Influenced by the atmospheric rectangles of Mark Rothko, the spray paintings of Jules Olitski and the contemplative works of Agnes Martin which illicit an emotional response with no apparent representational imagery.
I was also fascinated by Op artists, especially the work of two Cleveland Institute of Art professors, Julian Stanczak and Richard Anuszkiewics. When viewed from a distance, their paintings appear to have beautiful subtle blends of color, but up close those subtle blends of color are the optical affect created by hard- edged geometric shapes, each painted a slightly different color value.
Today, I consider myself a retro artist continuing in that vein of constructing paintings that create direct sensations and child-like wonder in the viewer. I believe that as a society we are devolving to no longer value quiet time, quiet spaces and quiet minds—so for me, creating contemplative and challenging visual paintings to off-set today’s fast-paced, multi-tasking, app-saturated-mobile-device society is critical.
Marc Ross is best known for his large color field canvases where the color is modulated by a very subtle thread of interwinding pencil lines. As the viewer approaches, the uniformity of the surface of the canvas keeps changing at a fast pace, slowly disintegrating in a myriad of very fine pencil lines. The very first perception of stillness is quickly replaced by the illusion of a constant movement, almost like a breathing surface.