“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust
The above quote brings me to a “New Perspective” on art and the understanding of painting. Years ago, when I began to train myself to paint, I did not realize that the core of art is learning how to see. Learning to see means developing a critical eye for your subject, as well as determining the most effective way to communicate it to the viewer. By this I mean the craftsmanship of the work. In the beginning I was looking to add as many detail as I could, thinking that it would better describe what I saw. As I have matured I see art, specifically my work, as an attempt to find truth in nature, but not be a slave to that truth. I am looking to find a way to communicate my emotions more poetically.
This new body of work has more of an affection with the paint than solely the subject itself. I’ll never forget last January when Anne Packard said to me, “Get breathless with the paint, not objects or things!” As I seek new ways to express myself those words have helped to strengthen the foundation upon which I build. To me finding an understated subject and attempting to make it special seems as noble as painting the grandest vistas.
I want to leave you with a favorite quote of mine, which is a variation on a traditional Buddhist saying, “When I was young I painted the trees and clouds just as I saw them. As I grew older and learned something about art, I realized that I couldn’t paint the trees and clouds as I saw them, so I painted them differently. And when I became much older, and looked back on a lifetime of painting trees and clouds, I realized that I had always painted the trees and clouds as I saw them.”
I am really enjoying this journey, and I hope you enjoy my work.