I love texture in art, even the most subtle brushstroke that reveals the painting was created by an imperfect human. As machines continue to infiltrate our lives and change how we operate, where we rely on technology and computer processes to make everything more efficient, it is easy to always expect people, society, and relationships to function in similar predictable ways. Nature, however, is not always predictable. Painting is not a digitized flat image on a screen. And it is the imperfect nature of humans and their attachment to art that ignites a fire where computers cannot access, in an otherworldly or spiritual realm.
This painting continues the Intermission series. The series is about the spaces in between the beacons of our lives. For example, author Stephen R. Covey writes: “Between stimulus and response lies a space. In the space between stimulus (what happens) and how we respond, lies our freedom to choose. Ultimately, this power to choose is what defines us as human beings. We may have limited choices but we can always choose. We can choose our thoughts, emotions, moods, our words, our actions; we can choose our values and live by principles. It is the choice of acting or being acted upon.”
The above picture is a detail of the surface, and the below is the final piece: Intermission XVII, 36" x 48", acrylic, clay, and epoxy resin on canvas over panel, 2018.