Above... The various moods of an old bozo with a new website, all in good fun.
Hi, my name is James Borton and I'd like to welcome you to my website, KirkPatrickGallery.com. Thanks for stopping by.
I hope that you'll take some time to wander through this site and enjoy what you see.
I developed this site starting in the early part of 2011 and I need to explain up front that even though I've been kickin' around on this wonderful earth for a while I'm actually very "Young at Art."
I'm fairly new at this but growing every day!
I started out sometime in 2003 with a digital camera and the idea that a multiple panel photo might be more interesting than a single panel photo. ( Please see "The Prow"
and "W... underwalk II") I also experimented with printing on different kinds of paper
and canvas and doing different kinds of compositions.
I then decided to start making my own mats. I bought a mat cutter and developed some techniques for texturing and coloring those mats. I was getting interesting comments...
as many for the mats as for the photos. I eventually became more interested in the paper texturing and advanced into works that added paper pastes and acrylic paints to develop a unique, highly textured style of abstraction.
I always have a new piece on the table and have developed a body of work that I am presenting to galleries. I live in Wisconsin and hope to soon have some of my works showing in Janesville, Madison and Milwaukee but...
My GOAL is to produce works that will look good in your home!
My experience in creating...
Although I may be "Young at Art"... at my age I've been around too many blocks a few too many times.
I spent over twenty years working and growing as a professional chef and kitchen manager. Cooking for the public, managing large and small kitchens, and producing buffets and new dishes required a number of artistic and pragmatic talents.
Cooking was my first true experience in producing art for others. The experience of working with food; meats, vegetables, potatoes and starches, spices and seasonings... the whole gamut, was a true long-term learning experience.
Preparation is first and foremost, but presentation is what it's truly all about.
"Food that doesn't look good won't taste good"
That was one of the first instructions I received and practised. Satisfaction was important and immediate because my customers were sitting on the other side of one of those walls!
I was pretty good at it, but after over 20 years it finally occured to me that I wasn't making much of a "living!" Unfortunately cooking doesn't pay very well, the benefits are negligible and you have to work every Friday and Saturday night and every Sunday brunch forever, and almost every holiday (I used to try to get the 4th of July off every few years).
Besides, people kept attacking my works with forks and knives and eating them!
Finally I discovered the much more lucrative business of manufacturing and began learning the fine art of 'machine operation'. First I spent 10 years learning and operating a number of machines that make corrugated packaging containers (cardboard boxes, a more complicated process than you might imagine) and finally nine+ years operating a machine that makes beautiful and striking steel shelves! (Yawn... At least nobody eats them. They'll last for a hundred years before they're recycled!)
Machine Operation can be nerve racking... too hot or too cold, fulfilling or aggravating, right or wrong, interesting or boring, all in one eight hour day, over and over again. It's called 'a job' and by nature of course, it's a lot of work. That's what a 'job' is all about, but finding your way into it without any experience is also a 'learning experience' and that's what life should be all about.
Anyway, what I take away from the experience of learning these trades I try to apply to my new experiences in creating these pieces. What it all comes down to is that I want to make something that you will enjoy having... be it in your home or office.
I don't know if any of these works will show up in important gallerys or shows, but it's more important to me that they show up in one or more of YOUR places. These works are for you.
Explore and enjoy.
Thanks for visiting KirkPatrickGallery.com