i can paint images that come to my mind’s eye. usually they arrive to me while i’m asleep, in my dreams. sometimes, i get them when i am meditating or during a long swim, mindless minutes on the elliptical, a seemingly endless bus ride or in the middle of a music concert! i truly just never know when the magic will happen! but that is my process...AND that’s not all~
my dreams also unfold ‘the how’... vivid “plans” - detailed and layered ...pictorial instructions so vivid i can clearly recall them as i reproduce the image from my dream onto the weave of fabric under my fingers. it is a process that takes a tremendous amount of time. especially for me. everything has to be marked, labeled, recorded, measured...it isn’t just about the ‘art’ or ‘painting’ - it is truly a labor of love. i am on my knees on the floor for hours ... when i was younger, not that big of a deal, but as the years pass, yeah, its becoming a big deal. but, i get so focused, i don’t think about it, until i have to get up LOL.
i really love what i do. i love that my dreams are filled with these amazing picture stories just waiting to be ‘told’.
“art isn’t paint; it’s love.”~Phillip Hicken
...applying another layer
i am a USAF and MN air national
guard veteran living with blindness.
late in my 30’s i was diagnosed
with rod-cone dystrophy.
i continue to create by building up the surface layer by layer...navigating the tactile surface and especially designed touch points. i use technology and braille labels to help me identify the tubes of paint and mediums in my studio.
it is only in my dreams do the images that i paint come into full view of my imagination.
though, i am no longer able to actually 'see' my art, i continue to ask the question of those who can:
'do you see what i feel?'