/ Emergence / Series 2017

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
— Jalaluddin Rumi

/ Emergence / is a series of paintings that explore the transitory elements of change, metamorphosis and emergence. The series is intended to conjure the fluid, and sometimes uncertain, feelings of an evolution from one thing to something completely new and different. It is intended to spark the questions and awareness of what a radical transformation entails. Similar to how the caterpillar one day ceases eating, hangs upside down from a leaf or branch, and spins itself a safe, silky cocoon, molts into a shiny chrysalis. There, from its protective and private casing, the caterpillar drastically transforms its body, eventually emerging as a winged being of flight.

The work studies an intuitive investigation of deeply layered visual elements and mixed media application (oil paint, oil pigment mixed with cold wax techniques, graphite stick, oil pastel). Rich layers of paint applied with brush, palette knife and large flat edges are intended to reveal, conceal and expose symbolic and abstract imagery—inviting the viewer into a closer examination of image, color, texture and movement.

What emerges is an expression of our ever-evolving human journey of self discovery through our physical and non-physical surroundings.

The / Emergence / body of work is intended to invite the viewer on their own journey of self-discovery and metamorphosis.

On Artistry.

I’m thinking of beauty and artistry, in its many forms, and how the simplest things that inform our mind and mind’s eye when there is space and presence to do so.

The role of art or artistry has little to do with functionalism or the creation of artifact. It has to do with changing one’s experience of what is real.

Art transforms the mind, the heart and awakens the soul.

Living with artistry has less to do with artifact and more to do with how we see and engage with the world around us, how we relate to that world, and how we move others and are moved by it. When we embody artistry as a way of being, we create a more intimate state of wonder with the world.

The role of the arts and the role of the artists, the role of leader is essentially the same. It is to find a way to diminish our isolation, and encouraging generosity and commonality. It is a change of our relationship to others. It is to change and evolve our relationship to the world. It is to change the world.

This is the courageous stance. This is the stance of artistry.