Recently retired, I find myself in transition; renewing myself in terms of creative growth and community service.
Music provides joy and technical challenge. Hours are spent daily playing and listening. The jazz genre provides so much freedom (within certain boundaries) yet demands dedicated thought and practice. Which is cool, because there is so much to learn. The island music scene has room for another band and DBJazz fits the bill. However, 'playing out' means playing at my highest capacity. I recognize my creative and technical growth and realize how much more space there is to grow into.
Photography and the building of new images has been slow to reassert its pull. With a show coming in August at Whidbey Art Gallery in Langely, however, I am feeling motivated to explore new forms of expression. Last summer's show in July was an assortment of work from the past 4-5 years. This year, I'm feeling the need for evolutionary work. The medium is the message, as McLuhan famously said, so I have begun investigating the limitations of porcelain as a photographic surface in a similar way to how I have used paper and encaustic. The journey is just beginning...again.
Creativity is innate.
Each of us has a creative aspect.
Regardless of form; visual, performing, literary,
Through work and play, we each have talent.
Art allows our natural or learned talents to become physical,
Thus reflecting our nature as human beings.
Art is reflective of idea and emotion.
Depending on form composition and construction,
Art provokes the viewer to respond to sensual stimulus.
Artists seek to inform, excite, persuade, communicate, inspire,
Revealing perceptions of experienced reality.
Artists seldom discuss the meaning and purpose of Art.
Instead, focusing on their work,
Artists endeavor to solve self-imposed riddles
Involving the creative combination of
Intent and execution of idea.
Visual manifestations question issues of meaningful form.
Art is the resolution of head, hand, and heart.