Animal Rights in Artwork
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Animal Rights in Artwork

I don't make things as much as I live through my experiences. To make art is always a celebration. Energetic and alive with feeling, my paintings often feature subject matter I have experienced and appreciated. I capture brief moments in time that are seemingly fleeting and common and give them importance and permanence.

I paint basic shapes, patterns, motion lines, and line emphasis to map a visual vocabulary that is universally identifiable through its simplicity. Unity and harmony are achieved through the repetition of line, shape, and color. Rhythm and movement express action, force, and energy in a dynamic way.

My paintings are often light hearted and humorous with hidden commentaries about life and the true importance of our world. Since Camus and other existentialists propose that it is our human responsibility to create meaning out of nothingness, what higher purpose could art possibly serve while we roll our stones. Given hands, a reasoning brain, and a desire to create, I paint to make myself a free human and to offer help to those who are at our mercy. I give form to the unpredictable impossibilities of the subconscious mind. Moreover, meaning and observational insights take a back seat to the underlying truth that my paintings are about the painting process.

For this series of paintings, I use paisleys as the vehicle to show how people treat animals. There should be outrage in the world when we see a paisley hanging from a hook while its milk is drained into a drinking glass in “Milking Paisleys”. Life is strange and cruel in “Paisley in Veal Crate” as the entrapped paisley struggles for freedom. Even more egregious, the ready to pop “Foie Gras Paisley” makes one wonder how can this cruelty continue unimpeded? In the end, paisleys are for food in “Paisley Steak” as America’s meat-eating habit spins out of control on a cosmic level. Reality is sugar coated and made fun - as long as you are not a paisley.

I celebrate and embrace the painting experience with ritual and extreme pleasure. My paintings are very fast and free. Unbound by residual conflict and strife, I revel in a transcendental state when I paint. As I know, feel, and create myself; my energy, intuitive confidence, and proficiencies bind to exemplify my experience. More simply stated, my excitement and fury become the main ingredients that blend and reflect in the end product. Art reflects life. Life is not about reaching our destination; but, it is about the journey we make. So too, my art is not about the finished product; but, it is about the process."


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