Writing in a private journal helps to focus my thoughts and to clarify the direction I might be heading in as an artist. Sitting across a table with a dear friend, sipping Portuguese coffee and sharing personal struggles as artists can unearth new issues and bring to light both strengths and weaknesses allowing for healthy growth. To push the ‘publish’ button on a blog posting feels like casting my thoughts, opinions and personal purpose in a hundred foot bronze form placed in the center of Times Square at rush hour. It is owning up to where I’ve been, where I am and where I want to be going as an artist and as a person.

My work is diverse. I am told that is a problem. The diversity is a result of my curiosity, my need for new experiences and my aversion to repetition that might lead to boredom and paintings without energy, a painting as an object rather than the result of an experience, the experience of painting. I will continue to be diverse. I want to experience as much as I can before my curtain falls.

Image: Rebellion in the Haren . Watercolor