According to Chinese Taoist thinking, the Tao reflects the way things exist in nature and the world in general. Everything has its own distinctive quality of being that cannot be expressed adequately through words or meanings. As a painter, I aim to convey a semblance of this natural order and expression which I find difficult to articulate into words instead of images. I approach my work by taking cues from the natural flow and organic patterns that I create on the paper or canvas. The Chinese refer to this expression as “wu wei” – that is acting without contrived effort and following an internal movement.
Through my paintings I harmonize both intentional brush strokes and pigment with a natural order or flow. The painting begins to come together when there is a unified balance and rhythm between the unplanned movement of the pigment and an intuitive attention to the imagery. My goal is not to replicate an outer realism of a landscape but rather to capture the essence of a mountain range, the depth of water, or the feeling of mist. I view empty spaces on the canvas as breath or what the Chinese refer to as “chi”.