Great art needs to be original, right? Being truly creative means innovating – coming up with ideas that are totally new, never before conceived.
Actually I don’t believe this at all. I don’t even attempt to create anything original. In fact, I think it is impossible – an intention that would doom me to constant failure. It seems to me that every idea grows out of another; that all concepts develop and springboard off something that went before, therefore making them never wholly new.
So, why do I paint, if I believe that what I have to offer isn’t going to surprise you with its ingenuity? And for that matter, why do you do your job if you know it’s probably not breaking new boundaries or pioneering new directions?
I paint to create a connection with you and to inspire you to develop a connection with the natural world. I know my work can enable you to see the world with fresh eyes – noticing clouds and moments in nature. I know that my work can touch you to the extent that you reach back to me, sharing your stories, your feelings and truth.
The desire for meaningful connection motivates me to live wholeheartedly, to work with passion and to love with dedication and loyalty. My paintings reflect experiences that are unique to me but also common to you. Rather than needing to be totally original, I believe great art needs to speak into our hearts and minds, enabling us to connect with each other and sense our shared humanity.
Artwork above: Surge, Oil on wood, 50cm diameter