What is the meaning of doing art for you?
When I approach a new blank canvas I attempt to establish
a dialogue. That dialogue is with me and the canvas; me and
my inner perception of my world; me and those who stop to
view the work. I open conversations with signs and signifiers.
I give clues. I try to reach into the recesses beyond what we
see with the eye alone. I journey to the bare essence of a
moment in time. With each canvas I hope to create a sense
of anticipation. I want people to feel that "something" is
happening outside of the scope of what you can see. I want
the viewer to participate. And most of all, I want to remain
a participant myself.
Creating, whether it be with paint, textiles, or sculptures,
gives me my voice. When words alone are not enough,
I paint. When I establish this dialogue with a canvas I am
given permission to speak in many more languages than just
the language I use for words. It is that ‘unifier’ that reaches
across all barriers to convey and idea; a story; my story.
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