Art is a way of seeing. A way of being. As an artist the whole world comes alive when I paint. When I immerse myself in the world of creation. Life is far from mundane, creativity reveals this is earnest. It transports the soul from the trivial back to the Spiritual. Yet, in truth I never left the Spiritual in the first place, although I may merely have forgotten.
One of my fundamental revelations is that I am actually always painting, wether I hold a brush or not. Every part of my life is an epiphany, bringing me closer to the truth of what I want to reveal on canvas. Though in essence it is not me wanting to reveal it on the canvas. It is the Divine that wants to operate through me. I am simply an instrument availing myself to the message. The more available I am, the more potent the message.
Primarily I work with oils on canvas. They lend themselves to the message adequately. I am able to add texture as I desire easily. Or to blend and fuse colours that can transport the viewer to a desired atmosphere.
I find art speaks to my soul in a language that defies comprehension. Invoking profound insights that rest beyond reasoning. The rational world offers a ladder but then a leap of faith is required to move beyond the edge of understanding into a world infinitely larger and more accomodating than logic. This world is what shamans traverse, where the psyche of the soul’s world and the body converge.
As an artist I bear witness to life and it’s undulations, it’s tides, troughs, peaks, plains and valleys. It is the brush that speaks of my connection or lack of it. The images that become unveiled communicate my depth of alignment and the degree to which I have surrendered and have pierced the fabric of existence and seen what is truth.
Of-course there is art that seeks to win us over, to console us and make pretty without offering much more than superficial niceties. Whilst these serve a place in the world, they cannot guide us beyond the superficial, for if they focus on merely the surface, this is the type of response they will effect. A superficial relationship to existence can never deliver wholeness. Which in my view is why much of society feels a deep sense of lack and disconnection. This is why art that penetrates deeply into the depths of all life serves to guide us home into truth.
In order to embody life’s truths in earnest, an artist welcomes all meaning, perspectives, emotions and realities to unearth through art that which truly serves the world. The artist makes a journey of healing, transcending one’s own sense of separation, awakening a rich, embodied sense of wholeness. This awakening is beyond philosophical, conceptual nor imagined. The artist’s transformation serves to embed in the ground of humanity a shift in consciousness that is akin to the work of shamans, ushering in global healing.