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MY PHILOSOPHY

DO YOU EVER DO SOMETHING AND YOU DON’T KNOW HOW YOU GOT THERE AND WHY YOU DID IT. LATER YOU COME TO FIND OUT THAT SOMETHING THAT WAS PUSHING YOU IN THE MOST SUBTLE OF WAYS, WAS REALLY SOMETHING THAT WAS ACTING OUT IN YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS. SOMETHING THAT YOU COULDN’T PREDICT OR UNDERSTAND CLEARLY AT THE TIME. IN GRADE SCHOOL, I FOUND MYSELF CAPTIVATED BY THE ROBERT FROST POEM “THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED”. THE PURPOSE OF THIS WRITING WAS TO EDUCATE MANY ON THE OUTCOME OF ONES CHOICES IN LIFE AND WHERE THOSE CHOICES LEAD.

SIMILAR TO THE SPECTRUM OF COLOR, YOU KNOW IT EXISTS, THAT WITH A SPECIAL DEVICE YOU CAN SEE IT; YET, TO THE NAKED EYE, IT’S IMPOSSIBLE. LIKE EVERYTHING IN MY LIFE, I APPROACH MY ART IN THE SAME WAY. IT IS ALWAYS PROCESS BASED, IT’S ALWAYS ABOUT THE JOURNEY AND NEVER ABOUT THE END RESULT. I HAVE NEVER APPROACHED A PAINTING OR A SCULPTURE WITH INTENTIONS OR A SET PLAN. INSTEAD, I HAVE A SET OF GUIDELINES FOR MYSELF OR A GENERAL FEEL FOR WHAT I AM AIMING TO ACHIEVE. I CAN CONFIDENTLY SAY THAT I HAVE NEVER CREATED ANYTHING WITH A TRUE CONCLUSION IN MIND.

I LEARNED QUICKLY WHILE GETTING MY BACHELORS IN FINE ARTS, THAT BECOMING AN ARTIST MEANS LEARNING HOW TO SEE. IF YOU LOOK UP SYNONYMS, TO “SEE” IS TO UNDERSTAND, TO COMPREHEND, TO TELL, PERCEIVE AND APPRECIATE. I HAVE A PASSION TO SEE; TO MAKE A CONNECTIONS WITH WHAT I AM LOOKING AT. ENVISIONING THE POTENTIAL AND BEAUTY IN THE DISREGARDED IS WHAT PUSHES ME. TRUE ARTISTS ARE INSPIRED BY CONFLICTS, WE ARE PROBLEM SOLVERS AND WE ARE CHALLENGE SEEKERS. WE ARE NOT AFRAID OF THE UNKNOWN, IN FACT WE EMBRACE IT. WE LOVE EXPLORING AND FIND COMFORT IN BEING ALONE. WE NEED TO REMEMBER TO CREATE TIME FOR PERSONAL PROJECTS AND EXPORT OUR IDEAS. WE AS ARTISTS, NEVER STOP THINKING AND SEEING. WE ARE CONSTANTLY COMPETING WITHIN OURSELVES TO CREATE SOMETHING NEW AND LOOK AT MUNDANE OBJECTS IN A UNIQUE WAY.

QUICKLY, I DECIDED THAT I HAD FORMED MY OWN OPINIONS AND IDEAS ON FATE AND DESTINY. I WAS RAISED, LOOSELY, EPISCOPALIAN AND NEVER REALLY FOUND MYSELF RELIGIOUS AS A CHILD. I WAS ALWAYS CURIOUS ABOUT IDEAS OF RELIGION AND OF A HIGHER POWER. ENTERING MY ADULTHOOD, I LEARNED ABOUT THE POWERFUL PRESENCE OF RELIGION WHILE STUDYING ART HISTORY. THE SPIRITUAL INFLUENCE CREATED THROUGH PAINTINGS, SEEN IN THE ARCHITECTURE IN CHURCHES AND THE LIGHT SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE LAND REPRESENTING THAT HIGHER POWER WAS UNMISTAKABLY CLEAR. I USE THE PHRASE “HIGHER POWER” BECAUSE WE ARE ALL ENTITLED TO BELIEVE IN WHATEVER FORM OF SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE THAT WE CHOOSE TOO.

I CHOOSE TO LOOK AT LIFE’S JOURNEY FROM A FATE OR DESTINY PERSPECTIVE. TO SOME EXTENT WE ARE ALL ABLE TO MAKE CHOICES THROUGHOUT LIFE; TO TAKE THE ROAD THAT WILL LEAD US TO THE NEXT ONE, THEN THE NEXT. WITH THESE CHOICES, IT IS IMPLIED THAT THESE VARIABLES LEADING TO OUR DESTINIES. WHILE READING LOTS OF VARIOUS BOOKS, ARTICLES AND BLOGS, I STRUCK UP AN INTEREST ON THESE “THEORIES”. I BECAME CURIOUS AND IMMERSED MYSELF IN THE IDEA OF THE JOURNEY. I MET A LOT OF PEOPLE AND APPROACHED EVERY NEW FRIENDSHIP WITH INQUISITIVENESS. I WANTED TO ABSORB EVERY ASPECT OF THEIR MEMORIES AND PUT THE PUZZLE PIECES TOGETHER TO FIGURE OUT HOW THEY GOT TO THEIR “NOW”.

CURRENTLY, I REALIZE THAT MY THIRST FOR HEARING A GOOD STORY AND PEOPLE-WATCHING WAS ALL FOR A REASON AND LATER SERVE ME IN MY ARTWORK. THIS IS A CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THOSE DEFINING MOMENTS FOR ME WHEN I REALIZE MY LIFE WAS FALLING MORE INTO PLACE. SIMILAR TO MY APPROACH IN MY ARTWORK, I LIVE MY LIVE ABOUT THE JOURNEY. I FOUND THAT WHEN I STOPPED WORRYING ABOUT WHERE I WAS GOING, WHEN THE NEXT PIECE OF EXCITING NEWS WOULD HAPPEN, OR MY NEXT THRILL, I LIVED MORE PRESENTLY, RESULTING IN A HAPPIER MINDSET. WE AS HUMANS NEED TO LEARN HOW TO BE MORE OPEN MINDED AND ROLL WITH THE UNEXPECTED AND ENJOY LIFE’S SURPRISES.

LET’S CELEBRATE OUR LIVES AND EMBRACE OUR UNBORN MEMORIES. LET’S DECORATE OUR WALLS WITH OUR FORMER MEMORIES AND EMBELLISH OUR HOMES WITH IMAGERY THAT IS MEANINGFUL TO US AND OUR LOVED ONES. LET’S CREATE A BEAUTIFUL PALLET OF COLORS THAT WE CAN SPLASH ONTO OUR BLANK CANVAS. LET’S LEAVE OUR LIVES HONORING OUR LEGACY THAT WE HAVE CREATED.