The paintings float in from no where leaving quietly in kind. Some of them torment me and some simply fall from the tip of the brush effortlessly – evening rain on the banana leaf. I am unable to really say where they come from, at least not exactly. Nor do they have a particular purpose. Though when looking at them you will see something and that is what I offer: the space around the edges where familiarity resides kneaded with the mysterious unknown.
I dream of a future where the animals take the best parts of technology from us and evolve far enough along to clean up the derelict strip malls and plastic water bottle islands. A time when we are encouraged to talk with the nesting robins stealing earth worms from the garden beds while marking time with the motion of the moon.
You see one day very soon (oh so soon) we are all going to be interacting with robots daily though often not able to discern if they are robots or if they are human. Frightening. The streamlined efficiency this mechanized intelligence will bring to commerce will be counter weighted heavily against the metaphysical crisis imposed upon our human psyche. Senses distrusted fail our rational; Hume laughs. Newfound neurosis occupying newfound leisure.
Yet this omniscient interconnected pan-cognizant future will also allow us to realize everyone bleeds and loves and laughs the exact same way and though dogma might cause us to dye our cloth differently that is no reason to kill each other. And so I dream of this world, when elephants tweet about good water holes and mud baths and us humans share space with the bees.
There is a certain magic involved in painting and it is the experience of realizing a painting, the point when it comes into the world as its own thing. This moment is when a piece goes from my hands of control to its own. I make it to a point but then I’m just responsible for finishing what it has become.
I love to bring this experience out from the cobwebbed studio to the broad daylight for all to see and experience and participate in this small piece of wizardry.