I am able to express myself most fluidly by creating visual art, and find fulfillment in doing so. Generally, my paintings are my efforts to articulate intangible memories and ineffable emotions, and to run with my desire to imagine and create fantastical worlds. I’ll often put an initial idea to canvas, then try to let it grow and evolve freely. As a canvas becomes more full, my explorative process can morph into a balancing act that makes sense of and brings closure to a piece. I don’t tend to stick to plans in my work, even if I have them. I feel like my paintings have a life of their own, and in my most transcendent moments, I take just as much pleasure in being a surprised witness as in being a deliberate creator. Even though I make every single mark, their sum total is a mystery to me, just as I am ultimately a mystery to myself. What I see in my art changes along side my personal growth in life. My art, probably like most art, means something different to everybody. I don’t know what my art means, and I don’t particularly care. I just know that I love it.
Zachary Kirshner is an artist and musician primarily interested in exploring the mystic emotion in his work. His mediums include painting, drawing, video, music composition & production, and lyrical & poetic writing. With or without art, Zach is also interested in helping to affect positive change through sustainability strategies and open minded, root-oriented problem solving. He was born in 1986 and currently lives and works on the central coast of California.