“Painting has to get back to its original goal, examining the inner lives of human beings.”
~ Pierre Bonnard ~
Painting is a slow intimate dance between the artist and his or her subject. As a boy I was seduced by painting; by the richness of color, the gestures and the brushstrokes and I fell deeply in love.
Painting remains an intimate dance for me. When I step away from the easel at the end of the day I immediately wish I could be at it again; still and always. Painting has been a way of leading my life for over 40 years now and I can see no other way of living it and the love remains. One can choose to lead an ordinary life or one can choose to lead an extraordinary life. It is up to each of us to choose, and I will always choose the road less traveled; the path of the artist; the extraordinary journey.
If we choose to immerse ourselves in the beauty of the world around us we discover a richness that so few will ever see. Most seem too busy to notice. Painting is meditation. Painting is a connection with something greater than ourselves. Painting is not about sales or galleries. Painting is and always will be an act of faith and a celebration of life.
We walk along the razor’s edge as artists. One false step and our world can come tumbling down like a house of cards. An artists life is a balancing act; living between the expected and the unexpected; of being a part of the world and yet being separate from it. It is an excruciatingly beautiful way of leading your life if one only has the courage to live it.
The path of the artist is steep at times. We need to feel connected to others and it is through painting that the artist hopes to connect with others. This life can and does come with some very high personal costs. It can be lonely. Living and trying to share deep felt emotions without the support nor the understanding of the people around you is exceedingly difficult if not impossible for some.
Yet I continue.
I am completely seduced. I am completely and totally in love with creativity and painting. However long or short my life will be or what I face, I will continue in this slow intimate dance.