Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Much of art and its appreciation comes from what we have been conditioned to believe art should be. I try not to limit my appreciation of art only to the marks that define an object, tell a story or lead me to an intended conclusion. I am drawn to those things that surprise me, stretch my imagination and allow me the  freedom of my own personal aesthetic interpretation and judgment.

I try to eliminate those obstacles and dogmas that restrict my curiosity and limit the value and appreciation for many different forms of expression.

Art is intended to move the human spirit, to broaden our perception and to evoke an emotional response through a visual language. Some languages we understand and some we must learn. 

Abstract Art does not force me to an intended conclusion but allows me the freedom to change, exaggerate, experiment and simplify where I am guided only by what feels right. I am moved by just simple shapes, textures, colors and line that have, in some cases, no reference to anything recognizable but evoke an emotional response within me.

I trust my instincts, intuition and feelings above everything else. I am freed of trying to copy an object and tethered to all the academic conditions that are part of representational art.  It is not my intention to neither dismiss nor dismantle all those principals that have brought me to this point, nor the artists that adhere so dearly to those principals. I respect and learn from anything done well, from photo-realism to abstract or non-objective art.