As a small child I began to draw and paint things in nature. I would become so enamored with a flower or
a tree that by drawing it I could somehow come to terms with it’s beauty. As I grew older I discovered that
my ability to make images helped me understand some of the subjects in school and compensate for
what is now known as ADD. Making art has always been an integral part of my life and way of being. It is
a method of processing my perceptions, it is meditation and a place where I meet with myself; a way of
comprehending (or exploring) my relationship to the world.
During my graduate studies I began to experiment with abstract imagery and came to understand that
abstraction is not a distortion of reality but a more direct expression of it’s essence. Abstraction, for me,
deals with characteristics and dynamics that transcend the limitations of pictorial images. A non representational
image can arouse feelings, identification and sensation in the memory without specific references
which can allow for deeper examinations.
When I am working, my intentions always give way to the intuitive, exploratory and problem solving process
of painting itself which leads to the “flow”. It is here that the dictates of the unconscious begin to
emerge and register graphically. I liken it to being in a darkroom developing unlabeled film of places and
experiences. It’s an indescribable sensation to suddenly realize that a painting with it’s elements of light,
texture, color, etc configure to evoke a place that I remember along with it’s experiences.
Born in Vinita, Oklahoma, Goodwin received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Oklahoma State University in 1974 and completed a MFA degree from University of Illinois in 1976.
In 1978, the artist established a New York studio and worked as an assistant to Leon Polk Smith 1981-81 and served as an associate of Duke University Leadership and the Arts from 1997-2003. Goodwin has received honoraria from The Drawing Center, NYC, Iona College, Oklahoma State University and Duke University. Solo exhibitions include New York, Aspen, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Wiesbaden, Santa Fe, Lenox and others. Goodwin’s work is included in many corporate and private collections in the USA and abroad. Museum collections include Bartlett Art Center, Oklahoma State University, Museum of Fine Arts, Flagstaff, Neuberger Museum SUNY Purchase, NY, Decordova Museum Lincoln, MA, Naples Museum of Fine Art, Naples FL, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio. The artist now resides and works in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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