“We sit in a circle and suppose, while the secret sits in the middle and knows” Robert Frost
My childhood was rife with fantasies of Superheroes and other “heroes” who were always portrayed in the violence of their heroic deeds. I have re-created these warriors into new "SuperMonks and Peace Heroes". These days I find those who can be at peace in the world to be my new heroes. These “SuperMonks” have a nice peaceful message wrapped within the lightheartedness. As one of my collectors told me “ I love having my SuperMonk painting to look at each day as it reminds me that if they can take the time to sit still and get centered then I can too!”
Mythologies from around the world have captivated me since childhood. Superhero comics were there for me to engage my mind with some of the classic personal struggles that I found present in many classic myths. The experience of losing the Ego into something larger is the main theme in many hero myths as it is in much of eastern philosophy. The sitting figure symbolizes this letting go for me.
In my artwork I portray ancient wisdoms with a Western pop culture twist. I use the sitting figure as a template for all activities even as it sometimes gets dissolved into light, color, and movement. This sitting figure is a universal image of someone at rest, at peace, involved in discussions, or story telling, praying, meditating, or just sitting still. I use this image combined together with different objects, designs, and colors so that it may reveal some secret connection that creates a story.
I hope the meaning of my art is felt by those who look in the middle.
The Flowing World
(A Gorgeous Mess)
The 20th century artist Mark Rothko defined art’s purpose to ”distill all experiences down to their essential unity”.
I find this experience of unity or “wholeness” in the mostly natural world around me. I find the most joy in being outdoors. I notice the sunlit scenes of the landscape as they cascade down around me and I feel the flowing ever-shifting quality of life. I love to give viewers of my paintings the feeling of being there feeling the breeze or smelling the earth and water.
I internalize the world around me as I see it dissolve into light, color, and movement. I capture the vibrating atmospheres of places with my palette knives, brushes, and sometimes fingers. Joyful awareness of life’s flowing energies reflected in paint.
Exposure to natural phenomenon and the beauty of the landscape provide me with inspiration for my paintings.
(Pronounced Vay -Gert)