Painting offers me opportunities to observe and express various levels of experience. A certain quality of light captures my attention, and a subsequent sense of expansion or elevation acts as my compass. I know I’m witnessing one of my next subjects when I feel a shimmer radiating from my heart while gazing at a landscape, city scene or intriguing object. When I find a subject that I wish to investigate in depth, I might plan various perspectives of it to thoroughly explore the colors and textures. Remaining alert to light/dark contrasts, atmospheric states or even a combination of interesting shapes provides my direction.
As first-time viewers may notice, my propensity for painting smoothly leaves few visible brushstrokes. This seems to create a sense of stillness and sanctuary, giving viewers a space to safely regain their inner silence. Juxtaposing slightly lighter, darker or altogether different hues allows me to suggest movement where necessary.
I know I’ve completed a piece when, turning it around to view each side’s orientation, my original inner shimmer returns.
Looking within and taking time to notice ordinary objects and situations develops sensitivity. This process opens up entire realms of possibility, prompting me to experience the essential wonder of the present.