Artist’s Statement

Painting is a way of connecting with life, ordering my thoughts and making sense of the world as I experience it. Giving my thoughts a concrete, objective form helps me to come to grips with my place in society and nature. Painting my way toward understanding things that interest me comes naturally, since I’m a visual sort of person (when I do any sort of abstract problem-solving, the solution generally comes to mind in pictures, rather than words or symbols) and perhaps also because some of my earliest recollections are of the murals my mother (also an artist) covered the interior walls of our home with. Painting is in my blood. Of course there’s always the desire for self-expression and perhaps the lure of being able to leave a little bit of beauty to posterity, to give something back to the world instead of only taking from it.

Most of what I do is semi-abstract not because I want to avoid clarity of meaning, but actually to allow me to speak to people more clearly and directly, since to one degree or another, all languages are essentially abstractions of broad concepts. In fact, most of what I do could be classed as what neural scientist V.S. Ramachandran calls ”the figural primitives of the brain”. Instead of painting flowers or a landscape or a person or whatever, I prefer to make paintings which are simply suggestive of those things. Instead of a flower, you get ”floweriness”. Instead of a landscape, you get ”landscapiness”. Rather than a person, you get an impression of raw consciousness. By using a more primitive sort of language, I hope to overcome barriers to understanding that occur because of any personal, cultural, or generational biases a viewer will have built up over the course of a lifetime. My aim is to bypass all mental barriers in order to send a direct jolt to the emotional and intuitive centers of an individual’s mind.

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