Every successful art piece has a message-- this is, afterall, the job of an artist-- to visually convey an idea. Beyond the surface of that, however, I like to think that there is a greater message behind the art-- hopefully that my art and/or lifestyle could in some way make a positive impact on somebody... even if it's just a flicker of inspiration. It would be great if I could help people believe that it is their birthright to manifest their dreams and make a living doing what they love... and that's why I think it's so important that artists be INVOLVED in our communities in whatever way we can. However, at the bottom of all this is a fundamental need to create-- I really have no choice about being an artist, I just HAVE to make stuff ALL the time, whether or not my art/lifestyle actually makes a difference to anyone... though I hope it does, or will someday.
To me, the only successful works of art are the pieces that seem un-finished, that make you want more. making a nightmarish impression upon the viewer often asking more than telling. ďAs my concentration focuses closer and closer to my medium, Iíll begin removing the visual comfort zones, stripping away layers of propriety, bringing the image down to itís base idea while the room Iím in seems to disappear, time passes at a different pace, and hours later Iím staring at something I hardly remember doing.Ē
Usually, my client's message is my message and an author's context is my context, and I'm very creative within the bounds. It's always fun to work for a company whose products and services I appreciate. In greeting cards, my message and context are more personal; I make cards I'd want to send or receive, whether they express thoughts on a sensitive subject or break someone's chops.
In short, I suppose, to mirror the world in all its messy, schizophrenic, amoral, mutually-exclusive glory, and then attempt some kind of synthesis. I have a major interest in humor, also, so often times just push for pure entertainment, but I don't think there's any Jeffersonian wall of separation between the two - The freest and breeziest fantasy can ring true if the emotions and worldview behind it are complex and honest, while an attempt to be serious can fall flat if it's over-calculated and stolid.
Science is a powerful influence on me, and I'm fascinated by its attempts to bring together disparate notions and by its Big Ideas, so I've also often found myself working as its cheerleader.
My message is that nature is beautiful, and not here to stay always. SO look and enjoy while they are still here. The more we build, the less room the animals have, the more they will die out. To me this is sad.
Be out there.
No will find you if you don't put yourself out there to be found.
My message is about finding the magical in the mundane, about communication between people, people and nature, people and animals. It's about beauty and tropical places, the ocean, different cultures, the thread that ties the world and all people together. I am not interested in painting anger or suffering or fear. I want those who view my work to feel connected to smething organic, universal and human. I want make viewers people to feel joy.
I aim to challenge conventional thinking not only spiritually but also on a more mundane level. In order to do that, my art covers both fine art (contemporary spiritual art) and cartoon art. Likewise, my writings can be simplistic or esoterically challenging.
You are the key.
Although each of my paintings have a story - I don't personally have a message. I undersatnd how important art can be in highlighting injustices, etc. in the world, but that isn't what I enjoy doing. Frankly my world boundaries at the moment are simply too small for me to sincerely, and knowledgably comment on world events, global warming, or whatever else there is to illustrate passion, anger, or fear about. Instead I do try to share with the viewer what I have found beautiful, touching, humourous. Even in scenes of solitude there can be beauty. I try to offer a little escape for my viewers.
My photography ,however is a different story. It has been mentioned there is almost a journalistic approach to my work. I have had two solo shows in 2008 and one coming up in 2009. My photo series result from very long studies (1 - 2 years) of places I love. I love to record their changes, and preseve documentaion of what might have been or is going to be lost.
When I'm illustrating my book covers, I'm trying to convey the characters and a scene from the story as thoroughly as possible. With my other artwork, I'm just trying to convey a sense of fun or beauty. All of my work is upbeat. I think people see the message they want to see. It's a lot like watching the news on television, what we read, what movies we go to see. We're looking for fulfilment in some way, weather it be on the humorous, upbeat side, the meditative side, or the darker side.
Whenever I do my art, I put myself on the blank page. It might not have a clear message, nor does it have anything golden or wise or unbelievably earth-shattering that would change your life forever, but I think that it holds the truest message that I could ever pass on to anyone who sees it:
The message I hope to send out to the public is that of peace. I wholeheartedly believe that problems in this world can be solved effectively without bloodshed.
ďArt is not necessarily about beauty; itís about expression.Ē