I don’t create art – I’m simply a conduit for art.
I want to be a servant to art, not its master. My aim is to separate ego and self-centered intentions from the creative process so that art can manifest itself as pure expression. When conjured through spontaneous action, I believe art reveals itself as a potent source of universal wisdom.
While my paintings are often sparked by conscious inspiration – be it the music of John Coltrane, the philosophy of Taoism, or the random beauty of turnpike tar patterns – I rely on spontaneity and chance to guide the process and have no preconceived notions as to how a piece will turn out. Instead, I act responsively and paint quickly while still giving the piece room to reveal itself with as little resistance as possible. I usually mix the paint directly on the canvas, and enjoy the surprising results from combining seemingly incompatible media like chalkboard paint, gesso, and interior house paint with artist-quality oils and acrylics. When this delicate balance of action and spontaneous response goes well, the painting is guided not by my ego but by art itself.
The act of opening myself to whatever lessons art has to teach me through the process of spontaneous painting is more valuable to me than the finished product. While I still have the habit of calling them “my paintings,” I recognize that they don’t really belong to me. Rather, they are seeds that art uses to propagate itself; either by sparking someone else’s spiritual journey, prompting someone to say “that’s not art – I can do better,” simply existing as an interesting picture to look at every once in a while, or hopefully, all of the above. – March 2019
Read more about me in my artist bio.