Why do I paint? It’s really not a difficult question. It’s the pure, painful pleasure of it. Painting brings a challenge of seeing. And by that I mean envisioning, musing, executing, problem solving and all the other “ings” that never quite seem to be settled. Painting brings an understanding of relationships, that the whole of nature is more than the sum of the parts, and it allows me to simultaneously meld thought and emotion while in complete consciousness. In Ranchspeak, I paint because I love it and I just can’t stop.
Learning to “really” see the glory of nature and people as I paint is deeply satisfying to my soul. It simply pleases me. The anthropologist, Gregory Bateson, once said that religion and art are some of the few areas that allow one to act in complete consciousness. Now as a painter, many years after having read Bateson, I understand and embrace his meaning.