Series 3

Time is not the past or the future, it is now.

“I removed the freeway from its temporal context. Overpasses, cloverleafs, exit ramps took on the personality of Mayan ruins for me. Without destination, without cessation, my run was often silent and empty; there were no increments, no arbitrary graduations reducing time to functional units. I abstracted and purified.”
― Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

This series is an exploration of the familiar and mundane through perceptions of time and space, history and aspiration. Travel for me, especially in an automobile, is about as common an experience as you can get. It is tedious for most, but I find myself captured by the metaphor of having left a place and headed to another, all the while the present blurs by in my peripheral vision. The simple metaphor of our lives and the fleetingness of now. On long trips, especially when occurring in deserts and plains, compositions of light and landscape create a drishti - a point of focus that allows for a transcendent experience and ultra-awareness of place and time, helping me to contemplate realities of time. The past, present, and future converge, and the illusion recedes to reveal a sliver that exists between the past and future - the now.

For me, the artmaking process is similar to this experience. I'm aiming to find that sliver between idea and execution and remain there: I am not just seeking to achieve an end product, but to find the raw, creative sense of wonder within the act of making.

My hope is for the viewer to find perspective, contemplation, and consolation in the mundane business of day-to-day life and to consider the moment in time in which one exists in relation to their past and future. I have a coinciding series of paintings that focus upon the peripheral passing moments rather than driver perspective of past and future. In most of these paintings, I use oil on acrylic or latex, or just acrylic. I enjoy painting on found objects as well as stretching my own canvas.

*“A drishti (view or gaze) is a specific focal point that is employed during meditation or while holding a yoga posture. Ancient yogis discovered that where our gaze is directed our attention naturally follows, and that the quality of our gazing is directly reflected in the quality of our mental thoughts. When the gaze is fixed on a single point the mind is diminished from being stimulated by all other external objects. And when the gaze is fixed on a single point within the body, our awareness draws inwards and the mind remains undisturbed by external stimuli. Thus, the use of a drishti allows the mind to focus and move into a deep state of concentration. And the constant application of drishti develops ekagraha, single-pointed focus, an essential yogic technique used to still the mind.” source