Like an evaporated mirage,
like a tree of gold in a dream,
like a magic show in the midst of a crowd -
you run blind after what is unreal.
- the Buddha
My work has undergone a profound change due to the Buddha's teachings on emptiness. Only a few years ago my paintings were bold, hard-edge abstractions with strong figure/ground reversals and intense often complementary color relationships. I have recently strayed away from that aesthetic toward one that feels more in line with where I am in my dharma practice and how I view the world.
I now make images that express the magic of a neither-real-nor-not-real imaginal sensibility and the delicate beauty of flowers. There is a tenderness that I feel in relationship to these almost unfathomable creatures and by painting them I am creating an image of the deva realm in which they dwell. There is no place for the solidity of hard edges in this kingdom for here nothing inherently exists and everything appears only as a dream-like vision.