"Only mental blocks prevent you from seeing your pure natures. You are your own light. Look within your own self." His Holiness, The Dali Lama of Tibet www.odysseyofthesoul.org
I discover the wisdom of His Holiness's words whenever I come to paint.
My best works come from a place in my subconscious that only emerges when I suspend conscious thought and contrived gestures and enter a state of meditative calm. It is only in this relaxed and focussed frame of mind that the Dali Lama's "mental blocks" dissolve and I am able to make decisions that facilitate rather than subvert the alchemic process.
I have learned to have faith in my unconscious capability to produce artwork. To an extent I believe that, once the pigmented solution I mix is poured, the the less I interfere with its progress over the canvas the more integrity and clarity I achieve.
Having been born into a religious family in the 50’s I am full of preconditioning about societal expectations, behaviours, role modelling, my place in the world. My belief is that if I can surrender to the subconscious and suspend conscious interference to some degree, I will produce work that contains expressions of self that would otherwise not be produced.