Nature, for me, is a constant source of wonder and amazement. There is such a vast selection of subject matter to “draw” from, and I’m not alone. All through history cultures have used that rich source to explore their own need to express. Whether it’s a painting on the wall of a cave or scrawled into the rock, carved out of bone, or fashioned out of clay, the need to share is universal, bringing us closer together. That’s why another favorite place of inspiration are the cultures of the past, and their “take” on the natural world. A bushman in the Outback, a Native American in the old west, a carver on a remote island in the Pacific Rim, or a craftsman in the Nile delta all share a common bond, even if separated by thousands of miles and years. Self expression has taken on many forms over the years and the mediums used to express them have evolved as well. I prefer to put a new spin on an old idea, tweak it a bit in hopes of coming up with something fresh.
Art is supposed to evoke emotion in the viewer. I know creating it is emotional for me. Since I prefer to stay on the positive side of the artistic dial, my work tends to reflect that. Perhaps it’s a bit self-serving, but hey, I’m an artist. The arc of emotions can be pretty wide. Just so you know, I’m hoping for anything from a warm smile to a heartfelt belly laugh. I like nothing better than to see the expression on people’s faces when they see my work. Hopefully a connection is made, and we can share something positive.