There is great power being an artist. They have influenced and recorded every culture’s histories. Much of our knowledge of ancient and modern history today is taken from artifacts (art-i-facts). To have the ability to translate the growth of our civilization today is a gift. I want to give future generations tangible evidence from their history to contemplate and compare to the world we built for them, all the good times as well as the bad. They may learn from our mistakes and take the human race another step in the eternal journey of progression toward “Unity.”
I seek exhibitions in different countries and cities around the world. This allows me to see how wide, or limited my visual vocabulary really is. Not just from one cultural point of view, but from the masses of the Earth, the people. I then learn from the “Earth’s Public” what ideas to expand or abandon. However, in the end, I am still the one who decides the direction of my works.
When I create works I am conscious of the world around, so political and social undertone is imminent. I don’t think about this while I’m working, but life’s situations sometimes dictate what we do subconsciously, or in my case, what I make.
Students, teachers, and mentors have affected my work through honesty. The pure perspective of the student. The technical critique of the teacher. The wisdom of the mentor or Master through shared dialogue of...