A friend of mine taught me how to walk the badlands near Drumheller and comb the hills for fossils that lay on the ground. He said you only see what you are looking at. You can be a quarter inch from a dinosaur tooth and not see it. Art has the same property I discovered. We were sitting around at a dinner and one of the people at the table asked me what I paint. Before I could answer someone blurted,"He paints flowers." that is what they saw. My still lifes do contain organics that fit that description but what I paint are settings of discarded objects in an attempt to have people see that there is still life in these objects if you look at them through fresh eyes. Every piece of art is viewed by each person differently. I had a couple over and they viewed all twenty five of my watercolours and asked if they could tell me their favourite. I said sure. They picked two that were only flower representations. She is an avid gardener and these paintings struck a cord with her. Not everyone sees and reacts to the same thing in a painting. This is why a show is important, to reach every appetite and have someone find what they look at and what there minds eye appreciates.
In saying this it is with regret that my show scheduled for April 23 will postponed until the fall. Time yet to be determined.
What's in your retina?