As I clear my conscious mind it peels away like a snake skin to reveal the vast unconscious dimension of my greater being. Because this awareness produced in me a natural affinity for eastern thought I refer to my works as Jâtakas. I see the struggles, enigmas, sentiments, and ephemera of my experience as similar to the historical Jâtaka narratives of Gautama Buddha before his enlightenment.
The Jātaka tales are an interesting collection of allegories in how they recognize the subject’s direction toward enlightenment yet center on the narrative of the self as manifest identities and egos working out the karma, or groundwork, which precedes. This framework allows me to build bodies of paintings pulling from both my exterior and interior life.
Whereas the original Jātakas were speculative 3rd person accounts written hundreds of years after the life of the Gautama Buddha, my works are visual 1st person recapitulations of my various identities documented within my lifetime. What this means is that I am building my own personal and contemporary Jātakas.
The term Budgie-Sattva is an appropriation combining the word budgie (parrot) with bodhisattva, or one who is still on the path toward perfect awareness.
Meditation is a discipline of being simply aware and without attachment. Whereas one can sit and meditate, my practice happens during the flow of daily activities, including studio time. This allows me to uncover impressions of personal identity and experience which characterize the present moment. Over time a complete work manifests, often giving me insight into its full meaning well after the painting is dry.
In “Jâtaka Tales of a Budgie-Sattva” I explore a group of past identities which build my present experience. The young male figure characterizes this series of incarnations. Though environments and identities of the figures shift, another essence remains in my power animal, the omnipresent budgie influence.
In addition to my budgie series are bodies of work more heavily psychedelic in nature and less figuratively concrete, constituting Jâtakas of a more fantastic and adventurous sort.
My paintings speak both of the completeness of a moment and its impermanence. Each work embodies active investigations into the nature and morphology of self. I explore the my thread of subjective experiences through a diverse mosaic of cultural and geographic environments. Left behind are artifacts of a sincere, meaningful expedition.