Art is not What You See

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. –Edgar Degas Artists don’t look for beauty fully formed. Art is the summoning of the fantastic with effortless action. Planning out the brushstrokes would result in lifeless creation. I was taught to sketch the general idea and to let the work emerge from […]

Art has Two Constants

He realized more vividly than ever before, that art had two constants, two unending preoccupations: it is always meditating on death and it is always thereby creating life. –Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago The spark of life within us glimmers and shines, and occasionally adversity or blessing fans the spark into a bonfire. That animated nucleus […]

Shine a Splendid Light

This is a sample of my recently published book of poetry, Shine a Splendid Light: Poems and pieces from a restored life. It is Volume One. From the Artist the Universe Demands Art and image, subject and artist are bound together forever. Something beckons to the artist’s eye causing his head to turn and notice […]

Spontaneous Overflow

Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings. It takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility. Wordsworth Our lives exhale poetry every day. The gentle gaze of a parent upon their child’s face as she turns to walk into school. The subtle tenderness of friends acknowledging one another’s vulnerabilities. Each night, we all experience […]