This is my morning sanctuary. After collecting a cup of coffee, I go to this corner in our kitchen and select three books.
If you want to be a writer, be a reader.
Current on the list: Mercy by Leonard Cohen, Just Kids by Patti Smith and The Art Rules by Paul Klein.
In Klein's book he references Jason Middlebrook's three C's; Content, Composition and Context. When Klein asks the question how do we contribute to making a larger difference? What's the context?
I sat and listened to the quiet of the morning. My mind wandered and the phrase
Visual Sanctuary floated by. I began to write in my journal;
I make art from a place of beauty and joy.
I want people to feel those emotions when they look at my work.
I want people to be able to lose themselves in the work; a sense of meditation.
That doesn't mean there's not energy in the work, it's more of a flow than a push.
I see my paintings as visual sanctuaries.
A place of rest.
An oasis from all the frenetic action around us.
That's what I hope to convey. That's why I make my way to my studio as often as I can. It's an oasis for me, a place where I quench my artistic thirst.