Life themes intertwine
Tendrils reach, grasp, surge, beeline
Upward curling vine
The joy of success is immediate and full, but serendipitous failures enlighten over time. It is just such well-placed failings that have led to my “nontraditional” career path, following the common thread, the intertwining connection of art and science, right brain-left brain, emotion and reason.
So, what have I learned on this 20-plus year educational journey? The relatedness of everything – even and especially art and science. The brain is, after all, a single organ, psychiatry arguably the most creative and generous medical discipline, and art the expression (and perception) of the brain. Brain function explains optical mixing, the two dimensional representation of three dimensionality, the limbic response to nonrepresentational shape and color, even synesthesia. Neuroscience, the clinical application of which is psychiatry, provides the connective understanding of human experience through its etiologic physiology. That is not to be reductive or dismissive of the emotional experience, but rather to revel in its richness, the complex organic and social interplay that bring it about, as well as the continued mystery. The brain is the “last frontier.”
As a representational painter, I work from direct observation as well as a variety of source materials, sometimes collaging in elements to enhance the composition. I am interested in capturing the moment, creating ambiguous narrative, or infusing subtle humor. I like to engage the viewer with a sense of "being there," or a sense of curiosity. I also like to leave a trace, something that reveals I was there. I am also increasingly interested in close observation and scrutiny to determine just what is necessary, to simplify and to trust the brain, the limbic eye, to fill in the detail.