Why I Paint

A thought for today: Painting in my studio is a time of reflection, introspection, experimentation, exhilaration, and exhaustion.  As an abstract oil painter I am committed to the process and enjoy the freedom of allowing a painting to evolve and emerge throughout the creative process.  Inevitably, this also means there are stage in which a painting goes through a phases, or phases!, of disaster. Muddy colors, compositionally challenged, lacking value contrast, or just not interest to me – these are all steps that require confidence that the painting will eventually emerge as a cohesive and meaningful work of art.  It doesn’t always happen, but when it does the feeling that results from the creative process is immense.  As technique and experience evolves these moments occur more often than not, but no they don’t happen every time.  This is true for most artists.  I have learned to challenge myself through my painting, to learn about myself and to allow this introspection to express itself in the final external presence of a painting.  Growth. I think this is why I paint.