August 15 - November 17
Painting to me is very personal but live painting, or location painting pushes me to try new things. I can lose myself in many paintings I have working. Keeping 2 to 3 works open at all times, helps my mind stay free to stop and change gears as necessary. I have a need, a drive, an impulse to paint, to create, to explore color, shade, tint, line and form. I have days when the work continuously pours out of me and it will not stop. I come home tired and spent. I paint until I have no more to give the canvas. Other days I stand in front of a blank canvas, uninspired, only to leave and return another day. Then there is a shift inside me, sparks fly down deep, inspiration starts to boil inside me. I can feel it burning, but I hold back till I can't stand it, then it’s on. Bonfires erupt in my imagination and the urge and drive to have the brush in my hand and a pallet full of paint is overwhelming. When I create, I feel great joy and happiness. When I share it with others, and see my paintings bring them joy as well, this is, in part, what it is all about. When I have painted my last canvas and given the world all I have as an artist, it is my hope to be but a breath of air, an empty vessel. I want to have given you my all and left you with paintings that stir your thoughts and move your soul.
When I was a child, my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk, you'll end up as the Pope.' Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.