It’s About You & Me

It’s About You & Me

For many years now I have been writing and talking about how my art comes through me.  How I am the brush that translates my emotion, thought, and talent onto the canvas. But lately I have come to a new realization that the sophistication and intellect of my art has left me behind; that the sum of my work is not to demonstrate my intellect but to share the state of my heart.

I have come to believe and accept that my self-awareness of my humanity drives the purest expression of my art. I call this my emotional intellect and it is the spark that ignites my desire to create my work. It pushes me to feel the work, to translate it into “moving paint” that speaks to you, the beholder.

So what do I accomplish by translating my emotional intellect into my art? Nothing, nada, not a thing.  Accomplishment is a residual of my artistic pursuit presented to me by you, the beholder.  You and I are the sum of my accomplishment.  In other words I need you to complete the relationship that quantifies my work into art. My art begins with an artistic spark but it goes out to a beholder who is sympathetic to my artistic emotion.

If I say if I’m unable to offer a more in-depth explanation of one of my works, feel free to use your own emotion to complete the explanation of what you see and feel, for the painting is the explanation.  My narrative of one of my paintings is merely a suggestion based on my relationship to the work.  Jackson Pollock once said “I don’t use the accident. I deny the accident”.  I say, what happens is what was meant to happen.  The experience in the atmosphere of the painting is our sharing of what is happening at the present time. It is of the moment. A later time may bring a different and equally valid interpretation.

For an artist like me, the relationship with you is as necessary as wanting to paint.  My talent is my own but admiration and respect from you circles back into my heart.  My responsibility is to maintain the sincerity of my art so its story can find a place in your heart and mind.

This essay was originally published in the Ogilvie/Pertl Gallery Newsletter in October 2012.