Balance . 48x30 inches . 2012

1. natural light

2. artificial/interior light

3. interior and uv (black) light combined

4. uv (black) light only

5. no light (glow in the dark)

[Made with acrylic, sand, glass, phosphorescent pigments, varnish, water & light on canvas.]

I wish I were the type of person that remained at a steady even level in all things without a lot of variance, but it just isn't so. I work more on a back-and-forth, swinging between extremes, living in moments of chaos and times of calm. In a way, that's pretty consistent. Depending on when and how you run into me in life, you'll find me either to be pretty mellow and easy-going or a bit snarky, worried, and closed off. Actually I'm pretty snarky regardless. But I snark out of love. Sometimes.

To know me for any great length of time, you've probably experienced both, in waves. I generally like to stay closed off for as long as possible, then burst out with a lot of the emotion I've been withholding, only to close off again. It's a constant balancing act, searching for the middle, that place of steadiness. 

But, in all honestly, I'm not sure that steadiness would make for a very interesting me. Art is born out of emotions and experiences, good and bad. To have neither wouldn't give me much to draw on, and certainly wouldn't provide motivation and stimulus to create compelling work out of nothing. It wouldn't give me much to even think on, to process through, to explore in myself. 

People who project total balance strike me as kinda boring and, well, kinda fake. To know one's faults, or at least that one has them is what make the triumphs and inventions have depth, and color, and texture. Be real about it. I hate when people speak of their only faults as being "too nice," or "too passive," or "loving too much." Come on. You're not a robot. Unless you are.  

Presentation is everything, I do believe that. But part of presenting yourself eloquently is balancing the good with the bad in an honest, poetic, dynamic way. Don't hide behind an illusion because you're too afraid to face anything short of all-knowing perfection. 

Show me your wisdom. Show me your dark side. Show me your truth. That's what makes for beauty. Mistakes or not, the rest is just a waste of time. 

Balance is $2600 (+ 300 shipping.) Email me to discuss a totally negotiable and workable payment plan.