Art is a great friend….friends are wonderful gifts.
A movement of painters and sculptors identified as “Nature Symbolist” has inspired Dale to create work that is about the essential quality of nature. For him, this is a spiritual essence that is underneath the obvious form and can be sensed with time and awareness. His focus is to refine his own personal language of this inner form and create an object of beauty and skill. The mediums he uses most are oil, cast glass and stone. He find materials have their own inner qualities and are enduring over time. These are materials that teach patience and allow for a natural art form to occur upon completion.
The history of stone in art is a long and evolving story that Dale greatly respects and is pleased to have the opportunity to be involved with. He uses both air tools and hand tools creating stone sculpture. The process of taking raw material and removing outer layers to reveal the inner life fits well within his goals to bring out the essence of a subject.
Dale’s painting has continued to evolve over the years. He has moved from being an impressionistic plein air painter to a style that has become quite abstract, but still rooted in the imagery and connection to nature. His influences include great artists such as Van Gogh, Will Henry Stevens, Arthur Dove and Arshille Gorkey. Because he values our natural world as such a vibrant and important part of what it means to be human, he continues to learn and explore new ways of interpreting this relationship.