I make artworks that embody my own contemplative practices and the experiences I have within them. For me they seem to be about reconciling the tension between spirituality and our hyper-materialist modern world. My paintings are almost like visual “Koans” both for myself and the viewer. I make them, but don’t fully understand them. I guess, I am hoping that they invoke a process for myself and others to look within and seek out our own answers to the paradox of modern times.
This is important to me because I realize how attached I can be to the way I think about life. When I’m really honest with myself, I can see how materialism has taken hold of my mind, and in my heart I know this is such a trap. I feel deeply that I am more than my appearance, my identity, my possessions, and my personal history. I sense there is something beneath the illusion of the facades, but what is it? Through the study of sacred geometry and esoteric symbolism, coupled with a committed spiritual practice, I am finding my own way of expressing the experience of asking these big questions.
These experiences has lead me to discover that we are all just like a rainbow. Beautiful, present, and yet at the same time a figment within the universal mind. This is why the rainbow spectrum is a repeated symbol in my latest body of work. I use the rainbow as a way to point to the transcendent and the ineffable.
What I am learning through my practice is to appreciate the world in a whole new way, to see the beauty in everyone and everything, regardless of their actions, opinions, identity, or politics. I can see firsthand that Everybody is a Rainbow, and it’s from that knowledge that I try to tread through this world more delicately, with love. My art is an extension of that love and I pray it might be of value to some of you out there on your journey.