My goal as an artist is to offer the observer a glimpse of what lies beyond everyday reality. When my painting makes someone's expression light up, reflecting a growing joy from within, I know I'm coming closer to my goal as an artist or shall I say as a human being.
In order to infuse my paintings with these spiritual qualities, I have to listen very carefully to the natural source, the creative flow. I have to put aside all rational thought and immerse myself completely in what could be called Spirit or the Universe, that inner wellspring of wonder. I then enter a state beautifully described by the poet William Blake: "I myself do nothing. The Holy Spirit accomplishes all through me."
The incubation period required for any type of creative pursuit is by far the most difficult. During this stage, I rely extensively on dream journeys, inner suggestions, visualizations and even ancient Chinese arts such as Qi Cong to enhance my creativity. From numerous sketches and color studies a direction starts to emerge, almost with its own energy. Sometimes astonished, upset, or intrigued, I follow this path: the way of creativity, which speaks a language unto itself.
Then the long-awaited moment arrives: brushes gliding on paper washed by waves of color, issuing nuance and texture. Here again, I turn inward for guidance in gesture or choice of color, respecting the delicate balance between action and accident.
Sometimes when the painting is finished, I feel I have given everything, said everything. Then, little by little the creative current returns, and with it the urge to paint... again.