Far, Far Away
Life experiences, no matter how sad, joyful, or devastating, are the lifeblood that gives birth to meaningful art. Music, literature, theater, dance, painting, and poetry grow out of the creator’s efforts to give voice to the challenges of existence. This is as true today as it was during the days of prehistoric man. We create in order to make sense of our lives. Who are we? Why did this happen to me? What could I have done differently? Why does man create war? How can I do something to alleviate the suffering of others?
The Human Condition is not about a few, but rather it includes us all. We are quite simply beings who have been shaped both by our past and by our shared human condition. Some say that we can change, other deny the promise of becoming someone new. I don’t know which is correct, but I do know that my emotional life is the content for my paintings. Each grows out of traveling through emotionally charged dreams, disappointments, and promises from the past and present. I may not remember the exact circumstance that caused me to feel a certain emotion, but I embrace the emotions as they bubble to the surface.
Far, Far Away, the painting shown here, came into being after the death of a family member. Grief, loss, and fear hit me hard. Eventually I turned to painting, and this work was the result. Some may look at the figure in the painting and see a woman on a beach. Others may see someone standing in a desert with mountains in the background. If, however, you feel emotion while viewing it, I am successful. This is a painting about pure emotion; it is not realistic or technically perfect. It took courage to paint and requires integrity to view.
Painting from the heart is a voyage that takes an artist far, far away from things he or she may consider safe and comfortable. It’s a long, challenging journey, but it can heal and bring change. This is the only true thing that I know.