There's something magical about where the land meets the sea, the melding of conscious and subconscious. In summoning the tides for the series, “This Island Earth”, my hope is to honor the spirit of the ocean and its reflection of the impermanent nature of life.
Perhaps art is about presenting different mental maps that can help shape the subconscious and, hence, our future. Life becomes what we think.
Most of my paintings of recent years align with a utopian world I call Smuggler’s Cove. It is a place where horses run wild, the ocean is clear and warm, sea life abundant and mountains verdant. It is generally a place where mindful living is the norm, a land of peace, beauty, happiness, and abundance.
I have experienced spiritual epiphanies at the shore while swimming with schools of fish, surfing, or just sitting quietly and observing. There is magic there in another world that is grand, exciting, and mysterious, and so few people ever experience it. It is a link to a fresh yet ancient world that is far removed from our harried day-to-day lives.
My hope is that these paintings invite viewers to be more present in the moment and in nature, and encourage a better vision for honoring life on the planet.