Why I Paint the Way I Paint

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Someone asked not too long ago why I paint "only like this". Also something to the effect of  "why do they all look the same"? And my favorite, "Why don't you paint landscapes or things that more people would like?". Questions like this pop-up every once in a while and in the moment I give a short answer to avoid ending up on a favorite TV show of mine, "Snapped". So, I thought I'd get my thoughts together and 'splain myself so that next time this comes up...I'll count to ten...OK 100...and then direct them here. I know people ask these kind of questions just out of curiosity... and there's no harm intended. So this is for anyone who's ever wondered the same thing about my art...and perhaps other artists work.

First, a little about the technique itself. It's just how I doodle. Anytime I'm listening to something, like a lecture in high school, a phone conversation (back when I could stay on the phone for any length of time), some training seminar, etc. I tend to doodle if I can. Along the years there are doodles that get my attention because of the movement they create or the simple design that evokes something that has no words yet is powerful and moving. The one's that have that effect on me, I turn into paintings. My painting technique really is just doodling with paint.

Now, about abstract art. Abstract art is what I choose due to its freedom from any expectation to look like something specific. It simply ends up looking the way I felt it should look at the time I was creating it. The image comes from somewhere in my head yet not intentionally so therefore no direct relation to reality. Also, I find so much beauty in the world we live in and appreciate every little piece of creation I've been exposed to that to try and re-create it somehow seems completely pointless. To me it does.  I get my inspiration from nature of course, but I do not try to copy or represent it. Simply create something beautiful of my own. 

And the biggest reason I paint the way I paint...it's whats inside of me, in my soul, my heart, my head, I'm not sure...but inside of me. I think every one of us has something unique in them that if you're lucky to figure out what it is and how to express it...then you should let it out. Creating something truly unique and beautiful takes a certain kind of letting go of our ego and who we think we are and just letting ourselves be used as a tool to create. Any great dancer, poet, writer, actor does just that...they are letting something out of them, to show you whats inside. And I'm not saying that because my work is necessarily beautiful or great...its simply who I am. And just like anyone else, some people will like me, some will not, some might hate me and others even love me. Same goes for my art.

So it's because of this that I do not paint to please anyone but myself. It's the only way I can stay true to who I am and how I feel. If by doing this some people like or even love my work, then I'll feel honored and lucky to have any kind of impact on anyone. If by being myself in life and in the way I express myself in my paintings, I make someone smile or feel anything positive, then I too will smile and feel positive. I am however my worst critic and judge, so I strive always to improve and perfect both my work and life. I know we aren't here to be perfect though, but at least learn and find ways to grow.

So with that I hope that you understand me and my work a little more. If you're a fan of my work and keep up with my progress, you'll in a way be joining not only my artistic journey but also my personal one. I hope you enjoy the ride!

4 Comments

  1. Yay! Do what you do! I think your stuff is great. Nice clean colors, lot's of motion. What more do you really need?

  2. I like your work, your brush strokes are really unique and the shapes are powerful.

    But I can't agree that choosing abstract work excuses an artist from standards or expectations. There is good abstract work and poor abstract work. It has to do with the color choices, brush strokes, the compositions, and the shapes.

    Keep up the great work and keep thinking about what makes a good painting good!

  3. Couldn't agree with you more on this subject … love your work! cheers from another abstract artist:-)
    Maria

  4. Thank you Maria and cheers to you too!!! Going to check out your work now! 😉

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