Number of painters: 173
Last update: Tuesday Nov 18, 2014
In our quick-paced culture, we are hyper-stimulated with visual media which has caused our sense of vision to become blind to many things of incredible loveliness and consequence, such as the extraordinary and exquisite beauty of ordinary things, like a child's face in dappled sunlight, the majesty of a glorious sunset, or the magical transformation of a flower from a bulb. These are the things that artists remind us about; they point the way.
I paint fruits and flowers and other treasures of the natural world because I think they are so exquisitely beautiful. The other reasons are more philosophical. We live in a very small and rarified space where the earth is touched by sunlight. Compared to the space of the universe, it is a very small area indeed. This small space has all of the elements necessary to sustain life, but they are not available to us by just eating the earth (dirt). Plants are necessary to draw those elements out of the soil and process them into forms that our bodies can use. Without the plants, we couldn't live. That makes them vitally important, and certainly deserving of pictorial representation.
One of my teachers in art school always said, "Figure out what is so important that you would give your life for it, and then paint it." That's what I do.
My paintings come from my deep reverence for the natural world and are a celebration of the beauty of nature's jewels; flowers and fruit. A word that has continually come to me about this series of paintings is altarpieces. They are set up with marble and simple draperies, like the altars of the churches in which I grew up. The marble comes from the earth and is a symbol of permanence, the soft fabrics are a symbol of soft breezes and air. The rounded river stones are reminders of water and earth, from which all life is born. Colored glass vases always remind me of stained glass. These paintings are a reflection of my appreciation for the generous gifts that nature can give.
The compositions are spare to highlight the beauty of each individual flower or piece of fruit. We live in an artificial and dehumanizing world that is all too often detached from the beauty of nature. My paintings capture moments in time that focus on the beauty of nature; moments that our humanity wants to connect with and that elevate us.
The beauty of flowers and fruits is temporary and remind us to pay attention to the moment. In our busy and overwhelming world I want my paintings to be a moment of serenity and peace, focused on the beauty and generosity of nature.