Tim grew up in New York, in the Hudson Valley, in the town that now hosts the Storm King Art Center. He says that working as a groundskeeper after school and Saturdays on the family estate that was then creating their new enterprise was a formative experience that showed him that “creating something was a gateway presenting itself, a way forward.”
He attended the State University of New York in Fredonia, majoring in studio art and art history, graduating in 1972. In 1974 he moved to the Bay Area and has lived and worked there as a painter ever since, showing mostly in San Francisco galleries since 1984. His work is in many private collections in California, Hawaii and Japan.
Being naturally curious, living in the Bay Area brought him into contact with a variety of cultures and modes of expression which helped shape his own direction. He says he is particularly interested in Japanese aesthetics as well as western art that also shares an affinity for this influence.
He says of his work:
Its simple really, and timeless…
Line, form, a quality of light, an arrangement, a sense of atmosphere.
I want to provide a visual experience.
Nature informs in a broad sense, and reveals itself as a process, beyond thing.
Work begins with a sense of adventure.
The activity is intuitive, improvised, allowing me to step back a bit and watch images reveal themselves over time; a few days, weeks or sometimes a few years. It’s risky, often perilous and over the years I’ve become comfortable with missteps, false starts and ritual trips to the dumpster. The work satisfies me most when it comes into being embodying an ambiguous, suggestive presence, a window engaging the imagination.
One possible meaning: If one wants a better world, be persistant in its invention. The beginning is a receptive individual state of mind.