I didn’t anticipate that becoming an artist was to be a muddled journey that was less of a race and more like walking a labyrinth- a tangled journey of transformation. In this labyrinth, the only way to fail is to stop walking.Read More
This Labor Day let's look at the role of work through the lens of the Pre-Raphaelites. Pre-Raphaelite artists railed against the demeaning quality of repetitive meaningless work, and looked to build objects of beauty and meaning for everyday people. How does 'Work' in our time support or degrade the human spirit?
In this painting, Rembrandt has given us permission to stare…Rembrandt doesn’t hide behind a persona. So many of our encounters today lack intimacy due to our polished personas that hide the darkness and the long sustained notes of umber running through our lives.Read More
God bless you Artist: With your depression, your hyper-focus, your scattered forgetfulness and your senseless pursuit of beauty. We need more of you in the world, just as you are, and I am happy to write you a recommendation.Read More
You cannot truly separate craftsmanship and creativity at the level of the masterpiece- any more than you can separate body and spirit. The debate between skill and originality in art is an ongoing disagreement that affects all of us in the field of representational art. How do you balance the desire to express yourself while wrestling with the constant drive to do better?Read More
Art is created by the experience of slow looking, an attempt to make the moment eternal, relevant, and true, and to then share it with others. Perhaps most importantly, beyond all our observations about others, this careful seeing allows us deeper participation into our own lives.Read More
When our artistic goals fade, our creativity evaporates, the rejections pile up and the failures multiply, think of it as a necessary part of our artistic growth. We go from ‘doing art’ to becoming an artist.Read More
“If my chain smoking, finger pointing, old art instructor could see me now, sitting in a circle on the floor taping my name-tag on my chest, he would immediately eject me from the ranks of art. However, I realize now that there is a point to general creativity (doing something poorly just because it’s fun).”Read More