Last night I had my reception for my show that is on campus- which by the way will be up for another week if you couldn't make it yesterday. So much love and support from my friends and family, they're all so great.
The small studies came before the big oil paintings. This is the artist statement on the wall going along with my show...
"This body of work began as a group of organic, intuitive, and
expressive paintings on paper. After long battles with my tools, I was
frustrated and directionless with the chaotic and confusing results.
Upon throwing out these disappointments, I noticed some precious
sections within the chaos containing beautiful composition and form.
When complemented with collaged color fields and balancing elements,
they became complete. With a new perspective, in a different context,
they made sense. Had I jumped to painting the large panels and skipped
this essential process, the work would not have evolved or arrived at
the same end result.
I see this process and body of work as a parallel to finding balance,
peace and happiness in our lives. Happiness requires a certain
harmony and reconciliation with the good and the bad, the positive and
the negative, the expected and the unexpected. The Taoist philosophy
of the yin and yang states that the universe operates through the
interaction of these two opposite yet complementary natural forces.
One is not valued over another, and each is equally vital for the
balanced functioning of the world. While we strive to attain those
experiences that we trust will bring us happiness and joy, the
adversity to come is inevitable. I believe if we can accept this
balance and are willing to see all of our experiences with a refreshed
perspective- and a hope to one day more fully understand them- we can
achieve peace and serenity within ourselves."
I will be having another show at Gallery 468 on April 6th at 5pm. So if you didn't make it last night this is your opportunity to see the show before I move it with me to Portland next month.