420 Easy Bird
7x5 inches :: acrylic on cradled wood
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I referenced a photo of a bird that I found on the Internet for this work. It was enjoyable and in many ways, it was easy. Not necessarily easy to paint but a concept easy and relaxing to pursue. Easy bird.
Most of the art that I make ... I'd say about 80 percent is representational work, where I try to capture something that I think is interesting or beautiful. About 20 percent of my work represents commentary about the world in which I live. I sometimes get surprised when such ideas come to me and I'm grateful when they do because I don't want to avoid stepping into concepts that are more difficult to pursue. Of that 20 percent, there is another sub-set of ideas that startles me. I feel that's when I have something extremely strong to support or denounce (like the recent surge of misogyny and Neo-Nazism) and the concept for the art is quite strong. It takes a huge amount of concentration for me to cajole and protect those concepts out and see them through and release them into the universe. And it takes extreme personal strength to not give up on these ideas.
I seek neither to be any person's role model or inspiration. I seek solely to express the art that wants to come out of me and participate with the universe by sharing my art. How my expressions activate the viewer relates as much to my expressions as the viewer's state of being.
More than ever, I am grateful for my family that never seeks to censor my art.