Year End Issue 2020
I was trained as a painter at the University of Michigan. While I have experience with many mediums –including sculpting wood and alabaster and creating woodblock prints—I work primarily in oils, painting on large canvases that I make myself.
My work is primarily a meditation on the ways in which the natural and supernatural worlds are revealed within each other. I have always been fascinated with how various cultures and religions use art to express their understanding of the spiritual world. As an artist, I love participating in the glorious work of the cosmos. I love that the created can become the creator. I work in a series, and with each painting, I use symbolism to try to help the viewer explore the convergence between the sacred and the profane.
With my series “The Sound of Music” I sought to paint the beauty and everlasting quality of music. I have always listened to music as I paint, using it to guide my thoughts. But there is something altogether different that happens when you play an instrument. E.M Foster describes opening a piano and beginning to play as “entering a more solid world.” Indeed, when playing or listening to live music, one gets a feeling which no recording can truly capture. I believe much of music’s beauty rests in its ephemeral nature. On the other hand, we are bombarded with ads reminding us that “a diamond is forever.” After thousands of years, precious stones are pulled from the earth, cleaned, smoothed, shaped, and set in silver and gold. These baubles are flaunted, protected, and handed down for generations. Yet how extraordinary would our world be if music was as treasured and sought after as jewels?