Detail from painting of the Virgin by Botticelli
In my studio I surround my self with beauty. I need to make a nest where I can be creative. I look at a lot of contemporary art work but I also look to the art of the deep past. I need to keep throwing hooks into the past and dragging it into my own time as a means of keeping a connection alive. I am continually reminded that the story of my life began a long time ago and will go on long after I am gone.
Some times I feel hopelessly old fashioned and irrelevant. This can happen when I flip through a recent issue of Art Forum magazine. Getting through one of their articles can be like trying to eat a bowl of cereal without the milk. There is all kinds of crummy thinking that can stop up the pipes of an artist. I have learned to push those negative thoughts aside and go on painting. When I begin to paint I enter a world where the past and the present are mystically joined in one fluid continuum and then I'm on my way again.