Paint Out Loud...the story behind the art
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Painting seems like so much fun and relaxing when you are looking at the finished result. Most of the time I find it challenging, frustrating, exhausting. Sometimes not so much fun. Bummer.
So why do I do it? Good question, and one that I ask myself often. Working hard to be a painter is not any different than what a vocalist does, or a musician, a writer or any kind of master craftsman. Practice, practice, practice. But there has to be some drive to express, to put your mark down, to uncover your uniqueness, and finding that way and excelling in it ...is quite, well, challenging.
I love the materials I work with, and I seem to be driven by a desire to use color and then I also love texture. The paint is totally a physically beautiful substance, and in my work I want to let the paint and color and texture be the star.
So I look for subjects that will allow those elements to show off. And I have to deliver them and somehow put them together as a pleasing, exciting, wonderful piece of art. Something that you will look at again and again. Something that makes you want to take this fabulous canvas home so that you can explore it more and more.
How does the artist do this? Good question. For myself, I believe that part of the lessons I am supposed to learn from this chosen path is to dig down and find what it unique in me - what entered the world with me and now I am finding a way to share it.
I always say that I do not have political or philosophical meaning behind my paintings, but, you know, the process of painting, for me, is political and philosophical. It is the method that forces me to look into myself and it is the method that I use to present myself to the world.
So I am committed to finding ways of painting that are spontaneous, unexpected and impulsive. That is where I feel my gifts are. And then I take those bursts and I make them into something beautiful...that's what I want to do.