I care deeply about the water, the land, and the spaces in between. I care deeply about preserving and protecting these sources. I express my caring, my devotion, with paint.
I paint water to sense my way into the depths of the unknown. Water’s self organization is a reminder that life is plugged into a constant changeable source. We need water, and now the water needs us, to protect it and to leave it alone. For us to flourish water has to be nourished, we forget that.
For example, the water in the Great Lakes is one of the most ecologically sensitive areas in the world. Yet for six decades there have been miles of antiquated pipelines carrying crude oil through the Straits of Mackinac. Companies like Nestlé and Poland Springs pump 400 gallons of fresh water per minute into non-biodegradable bottles from the Great Lakes and other natural water sources. In the Great Lakes they paid only $200 for this lucrative and devastating privilege.
I also care deeply about the land and the farmers who work the land, especially in urban areas like my birthplace, Detroit. Farmers sustain us, they nourish us; they are the stewards of the land and seeds. What they reap is not only sustenance, but hope. Working with the soil, they are re- creating the landscape, the architecture and the history of urban areas. I paint the people who are expressing their devotion to the land and doing it from the heart.
I also paint the mysteries of life: the geometry in living forms. Symbolism is also important to me. I paint from the unknown hoping to learn the truth of these elements. I paint the rhythm and the spaces between what is seen. I paint from an interior place according to what prompts me. It’s a process that only begs of me to show up with those things that I care most about in my heart.
My favorite people to paint are refugees, immigrants, saints, and the gentle people of the earth. They are the meek who have inherited it. I want to honor and be one with them.