MY WORK: THERE ARE THREE APPROACHES THAT INSPIRE MY PAINTINGS:
DOUBLE MEANING I
One: Inspired by Joseph Campbell’s research in “The Power of Myth” I search for symbols that speak to me in each painting. Meaning evolves from the beginning shapes, colors, and juxtapositions that occur as I start painting. A deep self-examination and reflection are part of the process. I step back and look for that which strikes me and needs to be revealed and painted out. In stepping back, I step into myself. I create something from my subconscious: my symbols and hidden thinking are exposed. Sometimes the final painting is abstract, sometimes representational as in DOUBLE MEANING I and DOUBLE MEANING II.
DOUBLE MEANING II
Two: I spend a great deal of time in nature and have had the fortune to be included in many of its secrets through observation. Sometimes the experience is so powerful that I must paint a visual element that haunts me or a moment, like watching a turtle lay its eggs in the middle of a gravel road as in SNAPPING TURTLE.
Three: I can become fascinated by new ideas or research I am doing in another field. Then I am driven to respond to the new or powerful information with a painting. That is the case with ROOT NETWORK, which I painted after reading about the roots of trees talking to each other and sending nutrients to each other. It is also the case with CAN’T HIDE THE PLAGUE INSIDE. I became fascinated byplague masks that were used by doctors and how they thought they functioned to protect a person.
CAN"T HIDE THE PLAQUE INSIDE