Passage is the act or process of moving through, under, over, or past something on the way from one place to another. Transition of that something is as important as the transition of color within my work. Transition from childhood to adulthood, becoming a Christian, in music it’s a segment of a composition, in nature an opening, etc. Passage has as many variations such as time, journey, death, rite of passage, passage from the Bible, a path or channel, doorway, etc. Color, music, and nature have always been the three main influences in my paintings. My love for color is the main reason I paint. I believe all art should have restrictions. Within those restrictions, you have the ability to be creative in a series and in the individual paintings. I set up strict guidelines before beginning a painting. Transition of color, contrast in color and texture, large areas of color, gradation, drawing aspect with lines, layers that create depth, movement, application of paint, starting out in a very spontaneous manner, and so on. My personal motto and a quote I have on my studio wall from Walter Sickert "start like a bricklayer and end like a jeweler” sums up my process. The organic natural expression in my art reinforces my love for music and nature. Fluid lines referring to the rivers and trails of East Tennessee against larger areas of color referring to the landscape and the sky provide a necessary contrast in each painting. Thick, intense, or dark colors indicate the landscape while the soft transitions of colors refer to the sky. The gradation of colors which is more geometric than most of the painting refers to the sunrise and sunset. The contrast between these formal concerns is crucial in my work. I am creating an experience for the viewer to be immersed in the color, expression, and texture. Painting is a celebration of seeing.

VO Dobbins and Meadowview Convention Center in Kingsport, TN display his abstracts as permanent collections. William King Museum in Abingdon, VA has two abstract paintings on view until Feb 2013. You can also find his works in private collections of doctors, lawyers, and professionals across the South.