Painting and Meaning
I think painting is an act of courage. My goal is to create images which are true to a set of ideals I have gleaned through reflection and action.
I paint what cannot be photographed. Hence my tendency away from realism. Wonder in painting, lies in expression. I still like to capture understood forms and shapes. But I will often treat a figure like a composition or a shape upon which to experiment with pigment.
I stay true to painting. My goal is not to create a beautiful image to be admired but to discover something of myself and leave it on the paper. I do however think this process reveals beauty. One mystery, to me, is that beauty cannot be created through false intention. It is slowly revealed by a desire to lay open one’s soul.
How can we reveal personal values with graphite and pigment?
Here is a list of values and an explanation of how I try to exhibit them.
Honesty: I don’t erase.I make marks and I live with them. I seek in the painting what I see in the world, a complex and beautiful dance of opposites. Light/Dark Large/Small Bright/Dull Thin/Fat Life/Death Transparent/Opaque Good/Evil Grand/Minute. The list is endless.
Experimentation: I let the painting lead. I do not plan the painting but allow for fluid possibilities. I do not force a color scheme, or technique on the work.
Trust: I believe that the process will reveal something to me. Beauty is discovered in the seeking, rather than the application of technique or theory. The most important thing is the seeking.