There is nothing as amazing as the process of creation–be that a child, a home, a relationship or a piece of art. An art studio is a laboratory for the heart, mind and soul. I choose to work in a flowing style with highly liquid paint because this increases the number of variables and therefore the level of excitement and creative chaos in my experiments.
The fluidity of the medium and the resulting artistic decisions that I am forced to make quickly over the space of days or a week as a painting develops will never happen again. Every piece is absolutely and utterly unique. This is something I consciously cultivate. If I was rational, I would formulate a precise way to mix paint to consistently yield desired viscosities. I would time the drying process meticulously. I would layer paint methodically and control the room temperature carefully.
But I am not a chemist or an engineer or a scientist. I am an artist. I need risk. I need surprises. I need fear and jubilation. I need to be on the edge. I need to be totally absorbed in a piece of art.
I need to think of a painting morning, noon and night. I need to set my alarm and get up at 3am and tilt a canvas ever so slightly to get the paint to flow in a new direction or blend in a different way. When I am engaged at that level, I am ALIVE. That experience, that experiment, will never be repeated.I cannot paint like anyone else and no one else can paint the paintings that I create. Art is not a competitive sport. No one, including me, can never reproduce the conditions or the results achieved in a particular painting ever again. That is the beauty and value of a piece of original art in a mass-production world. Art can be reproduced but never re-created.
My deepest desire is that the intensity of my process will be captured on the canvas and will in turn energize someone else’s life as it hangs in their room, home or business. For me, that is the ultimate goal of the creative experiment: not just to communicate in a visual format but to also convey viscerally the energy of hope, joy and transformation.