my paintings share a kinship with the primal art of tribal
cultures and the sacred geometries of spiritual traditions and
the circuitries of the modern Cyber Age, and while current trends
and art theories are of intellectual interest to me, when it comes
to my own art and the process of its creation my primary inspiration
and motivation to paint originates from deep within.
many artists, I feel connected to a transpersonal realm that lies
I begin painting with little forethought. There is no planning other
than the marking off of a simple grid which serves as an anchor
and skeletal framework. What follows is an organic process of rapidly
building up and removing layers of color. Guided by the grid, the
gestural application of paint alternates with repeated maskings.
As I become deeply immersed in this process, fully engaged, and
sharply focused, my awareness of time and self vanishes. Gradually
the grid evolves into intricate patterns, which demarcate smaller
worlds within the macrocosm of the canvas. I continue refining until
the painting arrives at completion in a state of dynamic balance.
beyond my conscious awareness. I experience this realm as wonder
and mystery, and it is within this realm that my art is formed.
My role is essentially that of a skilled agent who delivers the
artwork to its state of complete realization. In a way I find
the act of painting to be like a spiritual discipline: in order
to "channel" the work to flow through and be brought
painting can be viewed as embodiments of an aesthetic paradise,
both in idea and experience. The word "paradise" originally
meant "walled garden.” Like a beautiful and complex
garden, each completed canvas self-contained universe that invites
one to take a visual journey of playful exploration. The painting's
intricate patterns, in a rhythmic, serial fashion, urge the eye
forward across the luminous and textured surface and into the
depths which contain lushly colored, highly detailed , and precisely
composed passages. Should that journey include a glimmer of paradise,
then it has been a journey of revelation as well.
article by Candice Russell