My most recent work is a series of oil paintings on paper, of small, found organic objects—oyster shells, feathers, wood, etc.—in basic, repetitive arrangements. Each painting is sewn directly onto a wooden board with cotton twine, which serves as a simple and practical frame.
I would be lying if I said that I painted for any reason other than that I enjoy it and I’m good at it. At all levels of my work there is, foremost, this awareness of nature and deference to its fundamental simplicity. I paint from nature because I find this simplicity embodied most perfectly in the inanimate, modest things that I find there. I paint from life because it allows me to connect more completely with what I am painting.
Of course, the work—both the process and it’s result—is also an opportunity for continual, meaningful exploration: My painting is an expression of enthusiasm for the world—an over-flowing of reality from perception into paint. This act of re-presentation requires intentional, mindful awareness of the subject, the medium, and the self. The painted image, therefore, is not simply a copy, but an extension of the conscious experience itself: a recording of neither image nor action alone, but of the integral relationship between the two.
My creative and spiritual practices are equally informed by this attitude of mindfulness—the freedom that arises from continual attention, discipline, and egolessness—and I want to share this freedom with you: I hope not only that you enjoy these paintings, but that you might find in them your own opportunity for meaning.