Someone who knows me well once described me as a 'true adventurer of the inner and outer worlds'. I guess that's a pretty accurate description. I have lived, worked and travelled in various parts of this beautiful planet, explored several, very interesting careers and also journeyed quite deeply into 'consciousness' though meditation, yoga and other explorations of the inner world (no drugs involved!).
Ultimately these "two" worlds are delightfully and inextricably one and the same thing, but it is a pretty accurate description.
Art for me is all part of that adventure. An adventure towards freedom.
For years, really most of my 'adult' life to date, I've been torn, between a strong inner calling to create and follow an artistic path, and other strong voices telling me to to do something more 'sensible', to get a 'proper job', and that to be and artist was not a realistic option.
I was 'brainy' at school and was expected to do well. Although I never really and truly went for that 'proper job', and much of my career has been in areas guided by my passions, I was often treading some middle ground, toing and froing, most of the time settling for second best, but never really 'settling'.
Fairly recently, in some ways having pushed myself to the limits, I decided to surrender, to dump a project I was in the middle of, which was strongly guided by the 'sensible' head, and just to paint.
The more I paint now the more I feel this was the right choice. The sense of being torn has gradually been melting away, and I feel very clearly I am on the right track.
To me it's ground upon which I can run wild and celebrate the beauty and miracles of this amazing planet and it's nature. Infinite possibilities lay before me, limits fall away, a canvas is unexplored terrain.
In my artwork, I'm particularly drawn to moments of ephemeral beauty, the effects of sunlight, water, small miracles in the every day, and beauty and intrigue in unexpected places. Incongruity and delight, perfection in imperfection, wonder and awe at the infinity and ephemerality of each moment. You can read a bit more about "Why" I paint here.