WHY DO I CREATE ART?
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When I had advanced cancer twelve years ago, I changed my perception of reality and saw how the power and complexity of every thought, action, and, thus, every work of art created, in turn, creates what we want in the world.
The reason I choose Nature as the inspiration for my art is because it represents how I want my world to be – beautiful, creative, honest, and harmonious. I do not want to add to our destructive human story - a tragedy unfolding and reinforced by contemporary, dystopic expressions. On the contrary, I want people to be inspired, curious, and grateful; and my preferred way to do this is to allure them with Nature's brilliant creativity, awe inspiring beauty, and miraculous forces.
I choose realism to pursue this goal because it is easily understood, and it compliments the subject matter I choose. For instance, when I paint a tree realistically, I learn about it's adaptation and whether it was ravaged or nourished by nature. That tree writes its history through the way it has grown and adapted, and if I take the time to fully observe that tree, I will learn about these things and can share them through my art. Thus, I help others gain subtle, deep learning of the unfolding mysteries of Nature.
My art may appear simple on the surface but within its depths lie the deeper meaning – create what you want to see in the world. I choose beauty, curiosity, and love.