The experience of creating a painting is one that is an invitation to enter into a process of creative imagination, being attentive to influences around me, be they environmental, organic, or other ingenious factors.
Making the first strokes is a true act of faith, believing I will create a work that will express my ideas, my passion and my creative intent. As the painting unfolds I rely on my ideas that I have thought through previously, to influence me as the works reveals itself before me. Going with the movement of the brush and being surprised by what isbeing revealed through the exchange of color, influences my entire process.
Vincent Van Gogh put painting in these terms, “I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” I agree with Van Gogh about the dream factor in painting.Many times my paintings are “sketched out” in my dreams or creative concepts that enter into my constructing or envisioning ideas that are sketched out either on paper or in my mind.As the process unfolds basic ideas add to the construct of what I hope will unfold on the canvas or other painting surface.
Primary in this creative unfolding is to allow my energy to inspire me and go with the movement that various colors invite me to.As I paint, I strive not be whelmed with fear or hesitation that can combat the truth of believing in what is beginning to unfold.
The artist Edward Hopper said this about painting, “If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.” The language of painting allows me to go beyond the limits of spoken vocabulary and invite the viewer into a place that is beyond time and space.To enter into the imagination and emotions that go to the heart of artistic expression, has the ability to stir the soul and confront the viewer with the truth of images that cannot be altered in the moment, but holds the lived tension of the human experience and essence of life.