painting brings me to themes and all manner of visual sources. I loved
the language of A-E when I had my first serious art lessons when I was
13. My teenage spirit said a total yes to the work of deKooning &
Gorky, just a little less to Pollock's. Same thing applied to NYC jazz:
esp. Monk and Coltrane, & here I was age 14.
just couldnt/wouldn't stay in NYC got seduced by the great sun of NM when
I got out here in 1966. After a while I could even align with the quiet/calm
that was so much part of being here. So the NY roots & nerve-ending
marks and impulses plus a spaciousness introduced by my sojourn w/ Eastern
meditation & my embrace of the wide open spaces of the SW mix it up
in my work. I love to travel the world & my art's mind consumes images
and qualities that I've gathered in my travels and spits them back out.
a painting that always seems like it's only just begun. I studied it hard
to make sure that that sense of Beginning would be preserved & projected.
I use it as a bench-mark, to remind me not to edit or control my work
overmuch. This painting reminds me that "marks" basically come
out of nowhere & don't need a goal to look like they always belonged
— Frank Ettenberg