Extra in the Ordinaryby
ExhibitionJanuary 3 to March 2, 2018
Join us for a complimentary receptionSaturday, January 20th
7 - 9 pm with an Artists Talk: 7:45 pm
I love watercolors. I have always loved watercolors. I love their unpredictability as a medium. I love the free spirit they possess. I love their depth. I love their challenge. But there is something still deeper that draws me in. Watercolor is intense, unpredictable and capable of making a horrific mess on multiple levels, but it can also take something ugly and make it beautiful just by way of its expression.
Like many artists, my work is a response to a particular area of life that I have been processing. Also like many artists, this area covers disappointments, loss, and disillusionment with a tainted world. Unlike many artists, however, I don't want to tell that story. At least, I don't want that to be the whole of my story. I wish to move beyond these "real life" aspects of life in pursuit of deeper and perhaps more powerful realities – realities made more beautiful by the fact that they have been built on difficulties. My ambition is to find something beautiful and redeemable to cling to, both in my art and in my life. What better medium for the task than the temperamental and painfully beautiful watercolor?
Although this has been a ten year process for me, I feel like I have just scratched the surface. I may not yet love the merciless Texas heat, but I can acknowledge the refuge of purple shadows that would not be a refuge without that heat.
With people too, I am determined to find what is beautiful and capitalize on it. We all have our demons, but if I can see past those demons into the heart of who that person really is, then I know I will have found a treasure, and I know I will have succeeded. Some viewers see an element of sadness behind the eyes of my portraits. I hope if that is so, that it does not detract from the treasure hunt. Rather, I hope that it adds a depth that acknowledges the thorny passages of life without being too overcome by them to move past them.