Seeing Without Knowing
My artistic practice for the past decade has followed a continuum. Guided by a sense that some places, the Columbia River Gorge where I live amongst them, affect me deeply and imbue my work, travels, and meditations with a spiritual geography. My spirituality is based in the teachings of Zen Buddhism; I am drawn not only to the freedom and creativity it espouses, but to its logic and connectivity as well. As I look at the world and garner material for my work, I practice “seeing without knowing”. Painting is for me a process of discovery; I learn through the act of making my work. I study the conceptual and physical worlds through exploring and painting relationships. The paintings offered in this exhibition fall into two distinct yet related categories. One group describes aspects of mind, i.e. ideas, processes, or mental constructs. The other, from direct observation, represents some of the things I encounter as I wander my neighborhood. Patterns of nature and mind reveal themselves as they are reconstructed in the work.