Some people see things in my paintings. Somebody once saw Finding Nemo. No kidding. Finding patterns is a human brain habit. It started as a survival skill for our ancestors. They needed to know if that squiggly thing in the trail was a stick or a snake. Their brains learned to tell the difference. We still find patterns to make sense of life. What somebody sees in an ink blot says something about who they are.
If you see something in one of these paintings, what does that say about you?
I don't see things in my artwork. To me, they’re just lines, shapes, and colors. But I do see designs. And here’s what I like best: I don’t see them ahead of time. I don’t have a plan. I might do a quick sketch, or use graph paper. Sometimes it’s just one line where I’m going to start.
Can you find the first line I drew in each of these paintings?
After that first line, it’s up to the design to reveal itself to me, and up to me to see it. I once watched a video of Joan Miro at work. He sat and stared at the canvas, then finally picked up a pot of paint and a brush and drew… a line. Just one line. Then he put down the pot and the brush and leaned back and looked some more. That’s what I do. I work in silence, ready with the tools of my trade -- ruler, pencil, tape, paint, brush, markers -– but nothing happens until the design reveals itself to me. My job is to see it, and try to make it happen.
One line, shape, color at a time.