I believe painting is a primal language. Tribal song and dance are also prima; but they leave behind no artifacts to take us beyond the moment of their expression. A painting, on the other hand, seeks to freeze a moment of eternity in time and give it a continuing life. The cave paintings of Neanderthal artists, for example, seek to transcend the limitations of time and the boundaries of death. They leave behind a testimony to the artist’s experience of ecstasy long after the artist has gone. As such, they are expressions of Spirit reaching for Spirit.
For this reason, fine art -- as opposed to commercial art -- is always spiritual. It has no utilitarian value. It seeks only to articulate the ecstasy of the unutterable. Art is that attempt by the artist to capture a vision of that Spirit. It never quite succeeds, of course, but sometimes the Spirit uses the effort to touch another. Fine art always seeks to engage the viewer in a spiritual dialogue. As an artist, I like to create this dialogue -- non religiously.
I bring to my painting the experience of a clergy person, college professor, writer, and television weatherman and talk show host. I use watercolors because they have a life and a mind of their own. Watercolors resist being dominates. Rather, they invite the artist to join with them in the dance between Spirit and spirit. When a painting “speaks” to a viewer the Spirit, which has spoken to me as an artist, is now speaking to the spirit of the viewer. It is experienced as aesthetic satisfaction but it is, in fact, a continuation of the spiritual dialogue and the circle is complete. I am pleased -- and humbled -- by the attention that my art has received both nationally as well as locally.