Expressing beauty through art
When I paint, I look for beautiful passages that offer me excitement and ways to further explore the initial interest that I felt for something. It’s like following a multitude of paths and seeing which ones connect together to form a bigger design. There are many different aspects to see and paint but ultimately I choose one that leads in a promising direction. Sometimes it feels like weaving a pattern on the fly looking for rhythms, color harmonies and shapes, using the visual information from the subjects I paint.
For me, the beauty of a painting is often found during the painting process itself since it requires a certain kind of looking and patience to see it. In other words, the time and sustained effort it takes to make a painting often runs far longer than what my first superficial impressions can provide. During the painting process my impressions change and gradually come together to a form a more balanced, structured and often more abstract perception.
I suppose I’ve chosen beauty as a main theme of artistic expression because I recognize it as a philosophical way of viewing life. Beauty is a harmonious outcome to previously disordered elements; it’s a meaningful way of understanding oneself and others in relation to civilization or to a wild chaotic natural world. It’s an optimistic approach, certainly, one that hopes that people will find better purpose in the moments that are peaceful and harmonious. Not that any painting is going to change the world but I’ve always been happy with making small but positive contributions on a manageable scale.
Beauty is harmony when experienced by our senses and intellect. We’ve learned to recognize it and to create it by naming its individual components and learning their organization. In music we hear it in combinations of harmonies, rhythms, tempos.
It is similar in painting where patterns, colors and compositions delight the eye. Beauty enters our senses, is comprehended by the mind and opens a door to the heart. When it enters, it leaves a lasting impression on a person. In apprehending it, one often gets the sense of a grander organization that has the power to weave meaning into previously unimportant ideas or things. To express myself in painting is to try and record this beautiful experience, this grander organization and in doing so make the world a more meaningful place.