Why I Paint: Artist’s Statement
Begun as a lark and relief from verbal knots of expression twenty years ago, painting has become simply a relief. I love the problems and the surprises. I expect the frustrations now and am resigned to them. I expect the surprises (and they are still surprises) and live for those.
I was always only ever in quest of beauty. I’ve no training in critical theory but am trying to do more than decorate. Inasmuch as we each are unique, there must be something uniquely beautiful. It is hard to find underneath the detritus of the world’s images and the vigilant rules about what is acceptable. So one moves on two fronts: outward to dismantle or digest what’s received and inward to honor, acknowledge, and cultivate what is personal.