Mythology reveals that in the forces of nature, humans have always experienced divinity. In my art I try to convey this through the use of the elements of earth, fire, water and air, both in literal representations and in symbolic allusion. In a recent homage to this principal, I created a commissioned sculpture for the Environmental Defense Center of Santa Barbara. Text and imagery are combined in the shape of a tree in the hopes of raising ecological awareness. The original request was to create something to honor patrons, but conceptually I also created the tree to speak of what inspires the work and the organization. The leaves are etched with the endangered species from the Central Coast. A chamber has been left in the heart of the tree for interaction and manifestation, the viewer may write their wishes and dreams.
In the future I hope to create a more complete experience with my art, environments that involve music, writing, interaction, dialog, film and lighting as well as painting and sculpture. I want people to feel as if they are part of the art, not just observers.
My long-term project, which is on a temporary hiatus, is an art retreat where people come together to paint in a magnificently beautiful place, Costa Rica. It is called CreArte, which in Spanish means to create yourself, and it is an interactive project on a large scale, a working studio, gallery and temporary home. I hope through collaboration to experience creativity and healing, in myself as well a in others. To learn more please visit www.crearteretreat.com.
In this Post Modern world we live in, the artist has the freedom to create anything he or she chooses. I choose to explore the truths that are beyond my own understanding. Ultimately it is a path I believe in and it inspires me to the core.