THE FIERCE AND FANTASTIC FLOWER
As artists, we inevitably paint our own lives. Those who live in the city find their subject matter in the high paced action and movement of urban life. They may tend to paint buildings and cabs, people moving about seemingly unaware of one another.
Those who reside in a more rural setting may tend to paint landscapes of country life, chickens and cows, dragonflies and flowers.
Personally, I have always had one foot on the pavement of the big city and one foot in the soil of the country. For me it creates emotional balance not limiting myself or the images I desire to create. Consequently, my subject matter tends to be more open and wide ranging. I find enormous joy in painting all of the above and so much more. As an artist I never know what I’ll be painting next nor, as a viewer, one never knows what to expect. I’m definitely not the guy who just paints portraits or pets, landscapes or shapes but rather anything that may be interesting to me at the moment. I live life and make paintings as if I’m on vacation snapping photos of everything new. Over the years, my collection of paintings has become the “scrapbook” of my life, the people and things I find so important as well as the most trivial images meant to accomplish nothing more than to touch the viewer in some way, to make them think or give them a smile, all equally important in my eyes.
After a year of lockdown and stress due to Covid 19, I and the people of the BCAC Artisan Gallery felt like it was time to give you, the viewer, something simple, delicate and beautiful to look at, breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy the fierce and fantastic flower.
I believe that although this collection of flower paintings is calm, pretty and easy to look at, it is not void of content. I, and the gallery, encourage you to take a mental break and enjoy this collection, let your mind wander as you turn the page in this artist’s scrapbook.