“In Search Of” Artist Statement
Every day I take steps to expand my circumstances. Those steps might influence my well-being or my craft or my surroundings or something else entirely. But the big picture never seems clear to me. I am on a path but know that each step leads to new choices and different outcomes. I trust that each step will bring me to a truer place; a more “right” place. Each step weaves the fabric of my destiny. And the rest will fall by the wayside for they were not meant to be.
Did I choose this path and outcome or is it “written”. Is my search, my inclinations and my decisions a part of a self-progression or part of the fabric of the universe. When I make choices I am the architect of my destiny. My fate will grow from my destiny and what is written which will ultimately inform. The resulting energy moves everything forward to a more appropriate place.
This series “In Search Of” explores the never-ending searches that I and others experience continually, moving towards that “right” place and circumstance. I used an infrared camera as a step towards involving intangible energy in an existential process. And I used a slow shutter speed to capture the imprecise and malleable nature of the search process.
“Portals to Understandings” Artist Statement
From time to time I have a realization that allows me to see things in a very different way. It’s like I went thru a portal to a new space where my evolved perception reshapes the landscape of everything. While it is a shift for me personally, it sometimes grows to the consciousness of those around me. Or maybe it started elsewhere and came to me. Regardless there is clarity of thought and a new way of approaching, perceiving and functioning with this new understanding.
The portal can be ignored, resisted or embraced. For me, all three experiences have happened and will continue to happen. The degree of resistance is usually connected to the magnitude of the insight. Discovering new insights is part of understanding myself, the things around me, and adapting appropriately. The way each episode is shaped reveals more to me about who I am, what I want and the breadth and depth of the shift.
This series “Portals to Understandings” explores how I, and maybe we, resist and hopefully embrace that portal to understand and calibrate our meanings and actions. My images attempt to illustrate the resistance, contemplation and acceptance of the shifts. But in the end, it is all about the lesser and greater journeys that we encounter as we grow. My work on a larger scale deals with those journeys leading to the shifts that move us forward.
“Moving To A New Space” Artist Statement
I’ve been on many journeys. Some were physical. Some were emotional. Some were practical. Three had dramatically different lifestyles. But they were all important factors leading to the fabric of my destiny.
These journeys define how I breathe the air and how I exist in the universe. And it is dynamic and evolving. In the “zone” I can find my intentions and visions to my path, my truth and ultimately my joy.
This body of work, Moving to a New Space, explores the paths and moments that take us all to our destinies.
“Energies from Within” Artist Statement
We hide and reveal ourselves from moment to moment as we interact with everyone and everything around us. The result is a change of energy. It is an energy shift to our trajectory, as well as to the trajectory of the people and environment around us. The future has been altered regardless of the magnitude of the shift.
This series “Energies from Within” explores those energies in that moment of impact as we are taken to a new space in the journey to find what we seek.
"So Many Journeys" Artist Statement
As part of the human condition, we figure things out for resolution and to move forward. Everyday we try to fulfill ourselves for mundane and sometimes profound reasons. Whether we do it efficiently or in a meandering fashion, our purpose is to expand our quality of existence. But sometimes that expansion is less than blissful. Do we better or harm ourselves? Are we on our own path or someone else’s? Do we know more and do we have the courage to continue the journey?
Then in a magical moment we begin to understand ourselves: why are we here and what is our purpose, our destiny. And how do we get this destiny to fit in with the rest of everything.
We move forward in a wonderful process. There is a biological change - at the cellular level. This is the start of our journey and we may not even realize it is happening. Then there is a psychological change where we become aware of the transition. It may happen in baby steps or in a quantum leap. It depends on where we are and where we are going. And it also depends on how resistant we are to change. Maybe we are stuck or maybe we embrace the new things to come.
Finally we manifest our change in a physical way into our environment. It may take a while to get comfortable or we may be off and running into the new space. A change may happen multiple times throughout our lives if we are lucky. It may happen only once or it may not happen at all. But if we persevere, we can have multiple sequential paths - our authentic paths – to reach our authentic self. This is when we understand our essence and how to be true to ourselves. We understand more of what we are meant to do.
But really it is all about how we feel and how we can be our personal best. We look to our gut and our heart to know if this is the best move. Do we feel alive and surrounded with things that make us happy? Is this choice truly ours? Is this an appropriate choice for the future? Are we getting closer to understanding what we are here to do?
In the end it is our responsibility to find our authenticity and to find what we are meant to do while we are here. It will not be a straight path. It will probably have many gyrations along the way. But if we want it we can get there from here. And in the end we are better in our own skin for having figured something out.