We tend to think of growth as an internal process, as a building up of, or an increasing...but what of the moment that leads to growth. I think we’re led to growth by some delta, some potential difference between our ability to think and to feel. Something moves our heart dramatically, and it changes the way we think. An arc jumps across the potential difference between our heart and mind in a truly shocking experience. I believe when that moment comes to pass; whether finding God, or Love, or Purpose...it’s a moment of human experience that has a clear and definite feeling.
If you’ve ever paid attention to yourself after a great trauma you know what this moment feels like. Sometime after the stage of acceptance, you go through a small death internally...and then all of a sudden at some point...it’s like your brain “re-boots” and you see things differently - even old things look different in light of the change. I’ve experienced that moment quite a good deal in my life. If I had to look at it really critically, I think it is one of the most beautiful moments of life. It’s a moment where we experience “re-conception” even before we experience rebirth. It’s definitely those moments that we remain viscerally aware of for many years after. I think when we experience a moment like this it has a definite feeling that can be accurately communicated through a painting.
I have no idea how I came to be in possession of these two random door panels. These things happen after years of working in furniture studios. They became a unique opportunity to play with color and form in dream spaces. While they are individually distinct artworks, something unique happens when they are displayed next to each other.
I try to paint the things that words and pictures can’t express. I call this genre “philosophical art”, and it’s where I seek to answer the questions about “how it feels to have the experience of being human.” Distillation of logic looks at the critical junction of the place where our thoughts and ideas become clear and ordered, but then as the distilled logic drips off, it is swallowed up by the fire of spirit beneath. It’s an artwork that evokes and debates, without asking any direct questions or giving any clear answers.