Why do I take a blank piece of paper and patiently move a pencil across it until an image emerges? Where does that image come from? Imagination. The word “image” is inside the word “imagination.” Sometimes I have to close my eyes in order to get the image to come up front, right behind my eyelids so I can see it. Other times, I have to stare at a spot on the paper where I want the image to appear. After a while, my imagination will pull the image out and it will slowly emerge onto the paper like a photo appearing from a chemical bath. Those are the times when I feel the magic of the creative process.
How do I choose the images I create? They must convey a story. Most of the time, my work contains at least one person. Sometimes, though, I like to use trees as my storytellers.
I like to draw with pencils. I like the permanence of lead. I like the way I can lay the tip sideways and at different angles against the paper to create certain effects. I like watercolor. I like the way it soaks into the paper and moves this way or that. I like the surprise. I like oil pastels. I like smushing them around. I like the screaming colors.
I produce my art entirely freehand. People often ask me if I “work from photos.” Sometimes I use a photo as a source of inspiration, but all of my work is from life and some of it is totally from my imagination. No, I don’t use photos with a projector to trace an image. The idea of that goes against my desire to work freely.
Art is the ultimate expression of freedom. That’s why artists are always the first ones to be imprisoned during times of revolution. I feel strongly about the role of artists in any society. They must be protected. Supported. Art is about survival. Art is about growth. Without art, there is no chance for innovation, invention, community progress nor economic development.
Thank you for taking an interest in my work. Please contact me if you have any questions or requests!