Aloha, and my warmest welcome to you for visiting my blog.
As I begin this, I’d like you to know that I’ve made a couple of agreements with myself.
First, I’ll always shoot for being clear in what I’m writing, and as brief as possible; an art I’ve yet to achieve any distinction in.
Second, I’m committed to creating a place where my visitors, such as yourself, will leave feeling enriched and encouraged. I enjoy your input, and really look forward to your responses…what you think, how you agree or differ from my point of view, and what your experiences have been. Please don’t hesitate to comment, because the farther I’ve walked, the more astonished I’ve been to see how much I have to learn from those around me, meaning you.
And on that thought, one of the entirely unexpected benefits of being an artist is the amazing variety of people I get the opportunity to meet and know. Over the years, I’ve found myself invited into the lives and confidence of an incredible spectrum of people…and therefore given the opportunity to briefly experience life through the eyes of the poor and the rich, average and not-so -average, the happy and the less -than-happy, the insider and the outsider. Painting seems to work across all groups and boundaries, and carried me along with it.
Such insight feeds into my work and gives me my sense of place, because I’ve come to recognize part of the role of a painter is to be a reminder. That’s a big insight for me, because if you don’t understand why you are doing what you are doing, it isn’t as easy to face the inevitable challenges that every serious undertaking produces. We can remind people that there’s more to life, something going on besides the monthly bills and the crisis-du- jour on the evening news.
I hope that doesn’t come across as a bit grandiose on my part, but I have to squarely admit that if art can no longer feed and elevate our spirits in the unique places that I know that it can, then it’s too much trouble.
When someone tells me, (and they have), that some painting I did brings them a sense of joy or has moved them in a positive way, I feel like I’ve been successful. I’ve used my gifts for the purpose for which I was entrusted with them. And that connection is critical; it makes the next painting something I can be absolutely wholehearted about.