Art is a manifestation of the mind, discerned through works of the hand. This is a way to see and touch the heart and mind of another.
For me, art must be visually and emotionally compelling. It must draw me in, pull me by the senses, and touch a part of me that is preverbal, in a part of my mind that I cannot explain, describe, control, or put my finger on. It is more emotion than reason.
Many of my recent paintings have been based on "visions" that I receive spontaneously. I cannot always figure them out, but give them a lot of thought in formulating a title, conposition, coloring, and final execution. I have some I cannot fuly explain, and others that I come to understand. I like to allow the viewer to find a meaning that is there for them alone. These recent paintings have been self-portraits. I started doing self-portraits because I enjoy drawing and painting figures and portraits, but in our current society, few are willing or able to sit and pose for any length of time. The natural subject for artists for hundreds of years has been the self-portrait. These have come to take on a life of their own. Though self-portraits, they are not meant to represent me; but rather to represent any one of us, or some other reality that has come to speak to, and through, me.
I have also recently animated my paintings. They are usually dispalyed together, animation and painting, which creates an interesting interaction of line, hue, movement, and sound. It creates a much deeper emotional response for the viewer than any element would alone.
As I paint I feel as if I am teasing away and revealing underlying realities. I am building up the painted surface in texture and color, layer by layer, as if it were living tissue. As I work, it becomes a meditation, inducing a state of reverie. The viewer is invited to join me and enter that state through contemplation of these works....