At its best, my experience of painting is meditative, exultant, and charged. Like nothing else, painting pulls me outside of my day-to-day self and connects me to the spontaneous, creative energy animating all things. I paint for this experience, but I also paint to bring some artifact of this energy into the visible world, as a reminder of the transcendent beauty and creative power that lurks around us, almost always under the surface of our conscious perception.
My process begins with a flash of connection, a fleeting moment of profound communion with the mystery of reality. A variety of objects and environments trigger these experiences, but the trigger is almost almost related to nature. Flocking piñon jays were the initial seed of inspiration for my solo show this Spring. The color, forms, texture, and inconceivable age of shards of petrified wood triggered the next series.
While my work is often triggered by something in the outside world, I do not literally illustrate the phenomena that inspire me. The truth that I experience in these moments of communion is without representational form, so, to truly honor the inspiration, my paintings must also transgress the figurative. Instead of transcribing the worldly reality, I use bold color, lyrical, expressive gesture, rhythmic, texture, and organic form to convey the essence of my experience.
My process begins with fast, aggressive periods, when I welcome and surrender to the creative spark, followed by quiet, meditative periods, when I commune with the work-in-progress and listen. In the end, I am looking for a combination of active and passive energy, compelling, evocative color and value interactions, and a dynamic, yet harmonious, composition that “matches” the resonance of the experience that inspired the work – a visual translation of the sublime beauty that I am sometimes fortunate enough to glimpse.
I hope you connect with it.