Artist Intent

My current drawings continue my personal investigation of over 20 years into the phenomena of shadow mapping. Although this series constitutes an artistic investigation on their own merit, these drawings are also instrumental as I formulate new theoretical precepts in the creative design process as to the forming and shaping of architecture. I have consistently integrated these design precepts into my teaching pedagogy in my architectural design studios, starting in 1989 at Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture and continuing to the present at Lehigh University’s Department of Art, Architecture, and Design. I am now a full professor and have been chair of my Department for over seven years. I have produced a new series of “Shadow Maps” incorporating my earlier mapping techniques but using pencil on Mylar as my medium. The drawings vary from approximately 15"x 33" to 4’ X 8’. I work with pencil on Mylar in such a way as to allow my hand to smear the graphite in the process of drawing. The graphite residue permits eraser, evoking new layers of clear Mylar that highlight against the complex pencil wireframe generated by the palimpsest of multiple shadow plays.