The importance of painting/drawing, for me, is the immense capability to communicate through feeling. An artist is able to instantaneously record an action that corresponds to a state of being, to an experience or emotion. The act of painting, as well as the viewing of paintings, should be guided by a deep unexplainable gut feeling; a sometimes unexplainable but otherwise undeniable force that hovers in the back of the mind like a warm glowing lantern in a thick grey fog. This mysterious beacon softly taunts you to follow it, to acknowledge its strength in the curious mind.
The act of painting is comparable to a spiritual journey of sorts; sometimes rough and tragic, other times delicate and uplifting. It is a battle between chaos and order, curiosity and fear, confidence and hesitation. It is a conversation between an artist and the medium, the artist feels, and intuitively acts in the necessary manner; violently, lovingly, carefully, brashly. In many ways it creates itself; born from the heights and depths of the artist's combined experiences, in all their complexities.
To paint freely, the artist must retain these important themes; faith in the life of the painting, inquisitive curiosity (redundancy acknowledged), objectivity through self analysis, and excitement, rather than fear, of exploring the mysterious unknown. With that, I create my own language to record a unique moment; frozen in time as it rests to be interpreted by those open to experience a uniquely human connection.
Willem de Kooning