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Music is a language that motivates me to use a visual language. Just as a symphony is made up of many musicians and instruments all performing in synchronization with one another; vivid color, multiple textures, interesting forms and lines are used to make a visual composition.
Painting is my response to something that is beautiful or excellent - a bird, a well-written phrase, the way someone plays the sax. My paintings do not start with specifics; they may or may not start with color or a definite use of materials and are not a copy of anything tangible. Staying open to many influences and fostering a heightened awareness of my surroundings is my job. Then trusting my own artistic judgment, I intuitively create paintings.
'As the bird sings, I paint.'
I found I could do things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.
Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with its many chords. The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating automatically.
Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to understand the songs of a bird?
The painting rises from the brushstrokes as a poem rises from the words. The meaning comes later.
What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.
I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.
Brian W. Kernighan