Why draw? Why paint? Why play music? Why
garden? Why get up in the morning? Why dance with babies? For me, being
involved with the process of art is about seeing. Seeing the
interconnectedness. Seeing the invisible behind the visible. When I
consider what Gandhi said when asked about his message, "my life is my
message", perhaps the trail one leaves, not just in art but by all of life's
choices, is not only your message, but the ultimate form of art?
Any day now...
I'm hoping that any day now, more and more
people will recognize that we are not separate bags of skin, the myth of the
"individual", but are totally interconnected and dependent, woven into the
fabric of all that nature and the experience of life offer.
Any day now....
The title, ANY DAY NOW, speaks of something yet
to come. During my sabbatical from teaching, I had the opportunity to slow
down a bit and observe, reflect, and ponder. As I slowed my pace throughout
the days I became acutely aware of how much of my time was spent waiting for
something: waiting for a phone call, a download, the paint to dry, a package
to arrive, the water to boil, the sun to shine, the rain to come… Although
the thrust of my painting and drawing lies in the attraction to the inherent
design and visual language found in the silhouette of a bird against the
snow; the play of organic shapes (swimmers) against geometric ones (pool);
the pattern of laundry on a line, an expectant tenor emerged from these
recent images. Any day now I’ll understand the reasons behind these images.