Artist's Statement

I knew from my first remembered thought that I wanted to draw and paint. That desire has imparted a central theme to my existence. I don't know where my art comes from...it is just there waiting for me to find it. If I don't go looking (meaning work and take risks) it does not get expressed.

My medium and style have changed many times, but the search is always the same. I seek something indefinable, the answer to my eternal question. If I could tell you in words what it is, I would probably be a writer. I don't always believe the work succeeds in fulfilling my goals, but I know that I am here to continue searching and that art is the means and method of my particular quest.

My present work grew out of a need to again experience the visceral satisfactions of painting with oil- the smell, the colors, the way it moves on canvas and paper. I enhance that movement by adding wax to the mix. Emotionally, the abstract nature of the work is about my sense of sorrow and joy and the fact that for me, emotions seem to exist outside any object or concept. Conceptually, I want the work to express my sense of the ephemeral, ever-changing, and undefinable nature of our lives and this world. The unknown and the unknowable...

The greatest form has no shape.

That without substance can enter where there is no room.

The Tao is hidden and without name.

The form of the formless,

The image of the imageless;

Without form there is no desire.

Without desire, there is tranquility.

Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.

Darkness within darkness,

The gate to all mystery.

Lao Tsu, 6th century BC

 

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