The creative act happens when you realize the futility of trying to make it happen. All you are is part of the process. Experimentation, artistic creation is an unfolding, and intuitive letting go of self, and act of embracing emptiness. After the fact, after one stops to reflect on what has happened, and looks at the record of the unfolding, then there might be a surprise, as if an inner face has revealed itself, something long lost or forgotten, from another world. That is the unknown making itself known, an assurance that we’re not alone in this baffling existence.
I often discover unusual methods by accident, following intuition rather than a pre-conceived idea. There is always an element of the unknown at play, a sense of spontaneity, discovery and surprise. I am attracted to natural patterns, such as can be seen in wood grain and stones, stains on sidewalks, and old paint peeling away on walls. I strive to create something akin to these organic patterns in the textures of my paintings and prints. My drawings tend to be portraits of strange characters, which sometimes resemble magical, doll-like creatures or puppets. A reoccurring archetype that has continued to reveal itself in my drawings is the clown or jester.
Most of us during our waking lives remain on the surface but we carry with us a subterranean world. Art can reveal these deeper layers of the self, lifting the veil of darkness, allowing one to explore or ‘make visible’ (as Paul Klee once wrote) one's inner world. Images of the soul emerge that bring us into direct contact with the unknown.