A Creative Expansionist
I worked for so many years with International Art Agents who prized my talent for innovation and the ability to develop new works in new media and style. I’ve been blessed and spoiled. My Agents handled all the pesky details of selling my paintings and I only needed to work in my studio and send them my results. It wasn’t until I began working directly with Galleries myself that I found a lack of understanding; that the same robustly creative drive to push myself into new areas of expression so prized by the Agents became confusing for some Galleries.
Having basically self-educated myself via my process of ever expanding innovation in medias and stylistic approaches, I discovered that this is counter to what has been taught in Art Schools. I was a duck out water and Galleries did not know how to explain who and why I painted as I do.
Unwilling to impose limits on myself creatively I went off to Europe in 1996 to work at an artist residency in the south of France. While I was there I spent many hours in meditation, conversation with other artists there as well as reading assorted biographies of the dead artists. It was there that I conceived calling myself a Creative Expansionist/Painter.
I am intensely creative and have been my whole life. I’ve often followed a process of working in a set of series where I determine my own boundaries of style and technique, building on my creative capabilities; both rational and intuitive. Yet my “muse” or those things that catch my interest in life are wide and varied and I’ve a need to reach out and explore those varied interests via my chosen art form. It’s ever been my way to carry what I’ve learned on into the next creative exploration of some new consideration, wherever my interests lead me.
Through successes and mistakes I’ve built my knowledge. To me this seems to be a natural evolutional growth which is just part of the flow of being a creative individual. My focus is split. First intensely towards which ever work I’m creating in the moment; the why and how, the magic of capturing a vision. Secondly I nurture my childhood dream towards that grand journey of my life as an Artist.
I am unapologetic of who and how I am as an Artist. I have worked long and hard to become as I am. There are enough fellow travelers in life who either understand or even embrace similar concepts of self development in their own lives. We each in our individual ways are pushing understanding and experience into new directions, towards something possibly better than what’s come in the past, using what ever avenue of focus in life we’ve each chosen.