Getting to know Jack Dale

Who is, or has been, the biggest influence on your art?
I have been and continue to be influenced by many well know abstract expressionist artist. Twombly, Diebenkorn, De Kooning, and Pollock to name a few.

But the most influencial person was my long term friend and artist, Dan Kainess. Dan sadly passed away a few years ago but he was a great mentor and my pipeline to the art world here in Minnesota. The most talented creative person I have ever known and a wonderful guy.

Which of your works is your personal favorite and why?
Don’t think I can answer that question. I guess I feel that I am always striving to do a better painting and so to be completely satisfied in one seems a little presumptious.

Of all your travels, which city or place inspires you the most? Why?
That would have to be near the town of Barnum, Minnesota. We owned a small lake lot on Park Lake where the beauty was so amazing that it has always been an inspiration for my work. I don’t think there is anything more beautiful than nature. The water, sky, trees and of course the light. Early morning fishing on calm water as the fog rises off the water. Breathtaking every time.

What is your creative process like? 
My process is one of spontaneity, and intuition. It is dynamic in it’s ever changing visuality. I seldom start with a preconceived idea. I just start putting paint on the canvas. From then on it is a series of brush strokes, scrapes, rollers, smears, layers and color combinations until I feel the work is finished.

What is something quirky or unexpected about you that most people don’t know?
Most of my life I have wanted to be able to sing or play a musical instrument. So 5 1/2 years ago I bought a trumpet and enlisted a trumpet teacher.

So now, even though I’m still a beginner, I’m able to sit in at a jazz workshop once a week. I have really enjoyed this and my friends, especially those who are aware of my athletic background, are kind of dumb founded. Don’t know if that constitutes quirky but at least a little unusual.

 How has your practice changed over time?
Well, for many years I was a landscape painter. More in an impressionist style that changed over time to more expressionistic as they became more moody and I was experimenting with my palette. I liked these paintings a lot but one day about twelve years ago I decided to throw caution to the wind and dove completely into total abstract expressionism. I am so glad that I did because now I never stand in front of a clean canvas wondering what to paint. 


Getting to know Alyce Gottesman

Who is, or has been, the biggest influence on your art?
An important early influence on my approach to art is Wassily Kandinsky. When I first began to paint, I had read his book Concerning the Spiritual in Art and it became a guiding force in my creative process. My strong connections with both music and the spiritual aspects of nature were reflected in his discussions about creativity and his thoughts on abstraction made clear to me how to go about making art that reflected my creative energies. I am also really inspired by Frank Stella’s work, particularly the way he evolves in his art through the use of a variety of processes and materials that keeps expanding on his vocabulary. I have a propensity to do the same!

Which of your works is your personal favorite and why?
Over the years, my art-making process has included painting and drawing with oils, acrylics, encaustic paint, ink and gouache, graphite and charcoal. Each materials expresses a different energy and feeling. I have my favorites but it would be impossible to name just one.
 

Of all your travels, which city or place inspires you the most? Why?
I have lived in California and since that time, I have made it like a second home. Each year I spend a couple of months in Northern California near the coast to experience the beautiful light and energy of the place. My work becomes infused with what I absorb there.
 

What is your creative process like? 
My creativity is best expressed when I work on multiple paintings at any given time. In my yearly body of work, several series emerge, with each one reflecting a different thread and varying materials. I like to experiment to see what happens each time I begin something new. In my painting, I like to drip, pour, brush and throw paint onto the surface of canvas, board, aluminum or paper. I draw into the painting, roll images into the paint, scrape, and layer to create depth, overlapping color and to generally allow the painting to reveal itself to me. 

What is something quirky or unexpected about you that most people don’t know?
I was a metal smithing major in art school, and began painting near the end of my time in college. I am just now beginning to design jewelry again.
 

How has your practice changed over time?
Over the years, I have learned to work on many paintings at once in order to maintain a freshness in the work. My penchant to integrate new materials into my repertoire has increased over time. I listen to the creative impulses that come to me when I am in the studio more carefully now and allow them to manifest in whatever manner they need to become visible.