About my Art
These are some of my notes as an artist as I seek to put into words that which comes much easier to me to express in colors, shapes and gestures. It is not in essay form, just random thoughts and realizations as I have them that will hopefully help to clarify what I feel called to create.
Natural v spiritual
Push and pull
I am looking for the spirituality beyond the material.
In Christianity there is the ongoing battle of the flesh v the spirit. The flesh represents the natural, the bad so to speak, that which needs to be shed, died to, overcome.
The Spirit is the good, that which represents the new, reborn, regenerated man.
There is this daily ongoing battle between the two –
Light v dark
Good v evil
Natual v spiritual
Flesh v spirit
Right v wrong
Faith v sight
All my paintings are a battleground.
I think in all my painting you can find this struggle to some level. A battle, a tension, a balancing act…It is not to say that all of my paintings are of a serious nature or content – they are not. Even the lighthearted, whimsical paintings have that internal struggle present because it is present in every situation, it is the struggle of every man, at all times, always present.
A stormy sky, meeting / colliding with a churning sea/ a line with a circle perilously placed/ conflict of man / nature/ culture / faith.
I feel in most of my paintings there is a colliding… of colors of paint of brushstrokes… a sense of moving about trying to find the right place.
Faith v sight
More to the situation than meets the eye
Clouds colliding into one another to make shapes.
Our eyes adjusting and using our mind, reason and experiences to find these pictures.
I do not desire to describe my reality or experience in a naturalist or representational way - but rather to use my freedom, my gift, as an artist to use the language of colors and shapes to express the reality beyond what is seen with the eyes. That which is known but unseen.