I paint to be free. I paint to express something that I can’t
hold in or keep to myself, but painting for me is deeply cathartic
in a way that verbal communication could never be. It’s
like a wondrous, wordless journal in which the feelings of the
moment - joy, frustration, confusion, longing, depression, compassion,
anger, etc. - are crystallized on canvas. In contrast to other
materials I have used, canvas has just the right balance of flexibility
and firmness to respond deftly to my movement, like the arms of
a great Salsa-dancing partner.
The paintings and drawings I did as a child reflect
my love of nature in a very realistic way, consisting mainly of
landscapes and portraits. While this work is pleasing to look
at, in my repertoire it has become void of depth and longevity.
When I moved toward abstract art many years ago I was able to
let go of the control and release my subconscious into a visible
format. The beauty and simplicity in the way I paint is that there
are no mistakes. This is the thrill that keeps me working - somewhere
along the way I found a non-judging therapist in my creative expression.
I experience sonic freedom in marvelous excess
as a full time musician, so in my unwinding I seek out silence.
I truly cherish those quiet moments in my life, for in that space
I experience and explore celestial infinity through painting.
I start with a color, depending on my mood, and surrender to the
flow of form onto the canvas. As I sit back and assess my art
mid-painting, certain aspects of it catch my attention more than
others – these are the parts I run with, going back and
accentuating with more color, more contrast, and more definition.
Virtually all of my art is created through what I call “stream-of-consciousness
painting” – never knowing where I am going until I
get there, “there” being a place where, during one
of those times when I sit back to take stock, get perspective,
and change colors, something inside me makes the urge to stop
just slightly stronger than the urge to continue. That’s
when I sign my name. It could take 20 minutes, it could take months
or even years, but usually it’s a handful of long, intense,
revealing, meditative evenings alone, in silence.