If art has a point, then that point would be “pay attention.” Artist/designer, Milton Glaser, believes the purpose of art at it's fullest, is to make us attentive. Each work is a negotiation of visual elements and also a conversation with the viewer about relationships. Viewing art forces us to "re-engage reality" as we look carefully at the work and see the difference between what we think things are and what they actually are. The natural extension of this would mean that we perceive the rest of our lives differently and hopefully more attentively because of art. I hope my work makes the viewer more attentive, both to my art and in their own lives.
I am constantly discovering fascinating colors, forms and textures that speak to me as an abstract painter. I avoid representational imagery to give myself the greatest opportunity for improvisation and to give the viewer the greatest opportunity for interpretation. For me each painting or sculpture has a feeling that I associate with it, but I don’t try to consciously draw a feeling, rather I try to let my hand work automatically as I sketch out forms. When I see something that resonates with me, I develop the image, re-drawing it several times, until I have a clearly formed visual idea. These sketches are then typically used to form a finished work.
I expect the viewers interpretation to be formed around their own memories and experiences. I hope the viewer can also find their own feelings for the work. Even though the forms are non-representational I am very comfortable with people saying “ it looks like a boat” or “a dragon.” This is instinctive. Over millions of years of natural selection, human beings acquired the ability to see spacial relationships, then patterns and finally to make cognitive abstract connections between unrelated objects or beings. To make connections! To see and understand the relationship between things or people is one of the highest forms of thinking we can do. Art can teach us about how this thought process works and gets down to the origins of how we acquired this skill. As an artist, I understand that each viewer is asking themselves one of the most difficult questions humans have learned to answer "What does it say to me?"