“As a child, I celebrated coloring outside the lines. Those loose imperfect marks define my gestural painting style to this day. If painting were religion, I would be praying to the saints: Matisse, Diebenkorn, and Hockney. With a focus on abstract landscapes and architectural interiors, my art is influenced by the vibrant colors of my Northern California surroundings. Many of my landscapes use what I call an “invented color space” where color is used to break up the composition and achieve a sense of depth and atmosphere that can be open to the interpretation of the viewer.”
Born into a family of artists, designers, and architects, Faulkner’s paintings fuse the structural sensibilities of his architect father and “the often riotous color sense” of his interior designer mother. He studied painting at Trinity College with colorist George Chapman, a student of Joseph Albers, where he learned the art of defining space with color and value. After 30 years of success in the graphic design field, Faulkner decided to get “a real job” and become a painter.
Faulkner’s work has been exhibited throughout the Bay Area and Washington, DC. His illustrations have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and Marin Magazine.