The Process Art page is designed for transparency. It is an avenue in the process of creating a series to give each stage of creation proper time and attention to present itself. The songs that I choose are not for anybody or about anybody in my personal life. They are songs of the series, songs that are on repeat in my studio that create the climate of our stories being told. It is important to give other artists credit floating in the ethers of creative consciousness. When creating, I am in relation with others; songs, stories, folklore, animals, and paint. Rarely are these stories "mine", but do represent parts of me joined with parts of you
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stories shared from underground. The paintings created are reflections on humanity, the struggles and the J0YS of living at a deeper and more poetic level. At times, there is amazing synchronicity with songs and my personal life; when lessons are to be learned. When that happens, I pay close attention to lyrics. However, more often, it seems emotion/frequency/intention of the storyteller is what I paint with and all aligns mysteriously. Sometimes it takes years to unravel the stories but they always direct my life. Animals in the paintings often physically appear in my daily life many times before and after a message is being delivered. The animals tend to "show up" in many forms ~ in waking life, in dreams, or sometimes repeatedly through conversations/photos/material/people. The messages are rarely literal but rather a series of events in my life that I decode until awareness resonates with colors. I love dearly this process, and it changes me from the inside out.
My hope is that by being transparent about my process, others will pay close attention to what stories are being revealed to them through nature as well. What is "showing up" in your life? Is it a certain flower, tree, animal, body of water, mountain, plant, song, or a place in nature that keeps visiting you? They gently reach for our attention but they are not noisemakers, they do not scream like a pharmaceutical, or a drilling rig, or the big promotion. Rather, they are the most whispery of willows influencing and seeking those open to their unique language and direction.