The tension that exists between the birth of the idea and its manifestation is what continually pulls me into the creative process and becomes an exercise in visual problem-solving. The joy is found in the journey, not necessarily in the destination. It’s in this space (the in-between), the question and the answer, the problem and the solution, is where I find myself as an artist. There is nothing more enjoyable than discovering a new art material, or an intriguing object whether it is man-made, or nature made.
I studied painting in art school and continued to explore a more traditional approach to oil painting for nearly a decade after. About fifteen years ago, I attended an artists’ workshop taught by well-known NC artist Juan Logan. He challenged everyone in the room to think beyond this tendency to pigeonhole ourselves as artists with labels that limit our creativity by suggesting that we think beyond merely expressing ourselves as painters, sculptors, or photographers. As artists, we need to reach beyond our primary art material and broaden our art vocabulary so that we can create new and exciting work.
Just as I am the sum total of my experiences whether they be sensorimotor, visual, auditory, olfactory and so on; my art is also a collection of images that have been duplicated, flipped, rotated, truncated, mirrored, and ultimately compiled over many decades. This collection of motifs is constantly evolving, and I look forward to the exploration of my own experiences and my hidden interpretations that, at present, seem hidden from my conscious mind. I want this lifelong process of knower, known, and the process of knowing to be difficult and uncomfortable. My desire is to become choicelessly aware and interpret that state between chaos and order, the unmanifest and the manifest, chance and design, and ultimately revealing the unrevealed.