To me art is an opportunity to enter the world of exploration, experimentation and what-if states of mind. Where the whole is not always the primary focus of attention, but rather the end result of expansion and growth from the tiniest particles and texture. Primarily my art concerns the use of textures and revolves around abstracts, surrealism and non-true-to-form art works. Other times, my artwork will be deliberate with the whole already conceived, but requiring interesting textures, elements and features to construct it. Given the fact that I was virtually blind for much of my childhood and wore glasses as thick as coke bottle bottoms, I gained a deep appreciation for textures and looking at things up close. After twelve years of observing what things actually look like in a magnified way my mind has built an inventory or catalog of textural references that I use within my artwork. Given that, I find it odd and contradictory that I should be compelled to choose not to apply the correct texture to a given object or subject. That is to say, I enjoy applying the texture of an orange to a tree or the transparency of glass together with say the fine particulates of colored sand to create a mountain instead of using the typical real world textures that would normally be associated with a given object or subject. However, on occasion, I do use some realism or realistic elements in order to compliment an otherwise total abstract or non true to form artwork. To create an entire piece in realism holds no interest for me. I might as well use a camera and snap a photograph if true to form realism were the intended goal. I am in search of the opposite of realism and that is the focus, goal and intent of my art. Many art pieces of mine will also try to incorporate opposite values while still trying to maintain the theme or intended outcome. To me a good piece of art will also incorporate some yin and yang as well. The challenge there is to insure that these opposing values compliment the theme and be in keeping with the overall intended goal, if there is an intended goal. Other art pieces of mine are true experiments of color, light, texture, shape and form with absolutely no thought or planning toward any particular goal, theme or object in mind. These will then either progress toward something beautiful or they won't. Sometimes the fun is in the exploration or journey toward an unknown just to see where it leads. I am a computer digital artist and design all of my art with my computer and a trunk load of software. To me the computer is just another tool the same as a brush, sponge or knife is a tool. You just have to learn new skills in order to use a computer to create art. The flow is the same, mind, imagination and artistic talent are transferred by hand into the tool with direction to achieve the desired results. It makes no difference what tools the craftsman uses. It's the craftsman, not his tools that allow him to produce fine results. It is the talent and skill of the artist that produces good art. Whether he chooses to use a computer brush or a horse hair brush, the artist is in control and ultimately decides upon the acceptability of the final outcome and level of quality achieved with the finished art piece.
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