Beginning is sometimes the biggest challenge for those of us driven to create. In most cases, the initial paint stroke is all that I require to slide into my productive creative zone. Most importantly, as I raise my brush to begin a painting, I focus on freeing myself from any distraction.
Only then can I tap into universally shared feelings, desires, and fears to create visions of this world we live in. When I step into my studio and begin to lay the first strokes of paint, it’s almost as if an unseen hand guides me and my intuition takes over.
My original concept, whether abstract, landscapes or figures, takes on a life of its own. The rhythm of strokes and the unfolding of my subject inevitably puts me into a cathartic meditation. I step back to reflect on my initial efforts and the direction and intensity of my strokes. In doing so I ready myself for the next creative phase.
That is when I experience my “aha” moments. Both exhilarating and fulfilling, they build on each other and guide me towards my overarching goal of engaging those who experience my work. If a painting isn’t progressing as smoothly as I desire, I look to myself to identify distractions and refocus on my original intent. I believe that when I struggle with a painting the viewer will struggle as well.
I am thrilled at the responses to my work from art lovers and the connection with people throughout the world who continually view my paintings. However, what really resonates is to be standing next to someone and see their face when a painting speaks to them. It’s why I paint and it is how I define my creative success.
It inspires me.