My recent work is acrylic and collage.. It comes unbidden, with little forethought, and has a dreamlike, often lighthearted quality that reflects letting go of the need to please others or to create art that will hang in a gallery or be saleable.. I start with the barest of intentions, perhaps only to create something that has beautiful texture.. Then I will lay down the elements that create texture and allow the overall image to unfold quite naturally from that starting point. Or, perhaps, as with the work to the left, "Kuan Yin," I set out to do a series on goddesses, and I begin with that in mind.. Other than a general concept, I don't have any idea what
is going to come through.. Paint, torn collage items such as tissue paper, magazine images, fragments from newspapers, musical scores, wrapping paper or whatever else grabs my attention are over-layered, perhaps sanded down and layered again until I have a sense that I am finished.. I may add stamped or stenciled images or fabric until an overall impression is achieved that conveys a certain spirit -- one I don't even know I'm trying to accomplish except in retrospect. In some magical way, when I am done, the work always reveals something to me about my current state that helps me "grok" where I'm at, not so much in a psychological as in a spiritual sense. Somehow it seems to have a universal appeal in that the work creates a genuine connection with the viewer. It is art for the joy of it, to express deeper yearnings than the mind can articulate, plan or, in some cases, even grasp.. Art for the love of spirit, art for true freedom's sake..