“IF YOU NEED A PLACE TO GO, TAKE ANY ROAD.” Fran L. Gibson
I think we all see the world a little differently and feel our own experience uniquely. I paint using what all my senses have given to me as the experience. When I paint the sky, I am feeling the wind, putting it to music in my head, remembering the smell of the chance of rain, tasting the air, seeing the clouds dance. Some skies reveal the swirl of life’s emotions that can be found in the movement of the clouds, ranging from fear to hope, foreboding to resolve, trepidation to acceptance…a sky that is still and silent but portending a change that will send it racing with a ferocity toward you as it begs you watch, stop, and not be afraid. Take any road encourages the viewer to have the confidence to go on, experience life no matter how difficult or confusing. All of this exists with an underlying structure of assumptions.
“At the still point, there the dance is.” T. S. Eliot
My paintings are a carpe diem. They emphasize the shortness of life, an exploration that is drawn and redrawn. They suggest that one should be somewhere, whether in memory or desire, and live it to the fullest. The visual has transitions and movements like the patterns in music, the wailing of a ballad, the arrangements of improvisational jazz pieces, the complex drum rhythms in Celtic music, the syncopation and drone of an Apache Tatanka Song, or the wildness of late Beethoven Piano Sonatas.