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15 Jan 2015
Distance

Distance

“Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.” – Charles Lindbergh Try to imagine viewing your own life—your disposition, experiences, and accomplishments—as an outsider. What would you see? Would you see a genuinely happy, well-rounded person? Or would you see the need for improvement? The painting Distance is a reminder of how far we’ve come through the events of life. The muddled portions of color […]

15 Dec 2014
Origin

Origin

“Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.” – Francisco de Goya Sometimes there’s no logic in art. There’s only the illusion of something greater.  Art is expression; a fantastical world in which an artist’s mind travels.  Occasionally, there aren’t enough colors in the spectrum to convey what an artist envisions.  Art is a feeling; an energetic vibration of an altered life. The virtual movement in […]

15 Nov 2014
Pirate

Pirate

“Every generation welcomes the pirates from the last.” – Lawrence Lessig, Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity It’s fun to play “pirates”, dressing up and fighting with plastic swords.  Pirates are the ultimate rebels, the misfits of the sea…!  If you seek adventure beyond your comfort zone, you’re a pirate. Pirates are treasure-seekers by nature.  Each of us has treasure buried deep inside our souls. This treasure can be jewels of knowledge, creativity, or an undiscovered passion. This […]

15 Oct 2014
Ignition

Ignition

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come ALIVE. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are ALIVE.” – Howard Thurman Passion is what creates greatness. Everyone has the potential for greatness but not everyone has the will or strength to be great. Being truly alive ignites passion. You must become a product of your destiny–build it from the ground up and then set it on fire with […]

15 Sep 2014
Surprise

Surprise

“Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, saute it, whatever. MAKE.” – Joss Whedon I love the simplicity yet direct words in this quote.  Often times we procrastinate in waiting for the right time to do something.  Waiting for the season to pass, waiting for more money to be generated, or waiting for inspiration to come.  Maybe we’re waiting for life to just slow down.  Sometimes we need to make the time and do it.  Start writing that book […]

15 Aug 2014
Passage

Passage

“The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?” – Pablo Picasso The above quote is amusing and true.  I could say the same thing.  I leave it up the viewer to decide what makes sense in my paintings according to their world view. I like to create an atmosphere through my paintings in which the viewer can determine the origin and destination. This painting Passage appears to have layers leading to a destination of energy […]

23 Jul 2014
Reflection

Reflection

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” – Pablo Picasso If you look between the layers of colors and patterns in this painting you can see a wild forest of memories that describes an artist’s personal journey. Many of us keep a journal or diary of our intimate thoughts and reflections about life.  Sometimes there are just no words to describe a feeling or emotion.  As an artist becomes one with the paint brush and canvas, a display […]

16 Jun 2014
Purpose

Purpose

“Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity. I don’t see a different purpose for it now.” – Dorothea Tanning The purpose of art is to see what others might have missed.  What we see in a painting depends on our personal experience.  Some may see the moon with stars in a painting while others see the sun with dandelions in the sky.  Art will touch each soul differently depending on one’s mood or […]

20 May 2014
Mist

Mist

“The world is the true classroom.  The most rewarding and important type of learning is through experience, seeing something with our own eyes.” – Jack Hanna Many of us must see something to believe it. In a Photoshop world we’ve even begun to question validity of photographs that we see in the media. Sometimes the only way to believe that something is real is to see it with our own eyes.  Questioning the reality of something seen by someone else […]

15 Apr 2014
Convey

Convey

“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” – Leonardo da Vinci I am dedicating this month’s blog to Leonardo da Vinci as he was born over 560 years ago today, April 15th. His curiosity about life was impeccable. His brilliance has been an inspiration and a mystery for centuries. Imagine if Leonardo da Vinci was complacent with mediocrity and had given up on learning, seeking and discovering… Da Vinci used the 67 years of his existence to challenge […]