I never imagined that one day the simple act of reading a library book or drawing a picture by hand would seem old-fashioned, and yet here we are in the digital age with our pocket-sized Kindles and PCs, substituting real life for virtual reality. When I sit down to read a physical book there may be a myriad of activities bursting from within the storyline but my attention is singular, existing in a quiet space between my thoughts and the words on the page. Likewise in my art studio, I've created a quiet space with a single purpose – to make meaningful handmade art for the benefit of others. As antiquated as these human traditions may seem to young people today, they are the genuine and reliable building blocks upon which virtual technology attempts to reconstruct our shared reality.
Over the last few years, I’ve come to notice many people are craving more quiet and less noise in their lives. Can you remember a time when you were very small and studied images intensely before you had words to describe them? Perhaps you've visited art museums and noticed people quietly gazing at marble sculptures and studying paintings with child-like curiosity? These are some of my most cherished childhood memories of authentic individuality, when color and light danced on the pages of storybooks and sculptures seemed like magical beings frozen in time. I date myself by acknowledging life before internet, microwaves, and cell phones and yet with all these changes in technology nothing replaces the power of focused self-realization. Engagement with tangible creativity connects us directly to our body, mind, and spirit by elevating our awareness above the noise of endless virtual distractions.
Handmade art and storytelling are two of my favorite things, so much so, that I’ve dedicated my professional career to creating and preserving these human traditions for generations to come. I refer to my artworks as 'illuminations,' because I believe they are truly objects of light celebrating the beauty and transformative power of individual imagination. Tangible art causes people to pause, reflect, and engage themselves as they connect with something physical carrying the fingerprint of another human soul. Today these invaluable human skills are sadly being traded for lifeless A.I. substitutes that keep us disconnected from our complex psychological and spiritual identities. As a traditional artist it’s true, my craft takes much longer than digital imaging, but I believe there is a critical need to preserve authentic human experiences in the arts.
The integrity of master artists like DaVinci, Rodin, and Mucha inspire and guide my own creativity with handmade techniques passed down for generations. It has been a privilege sharing my passion for handmade craft over the past eighteen years with collectors around the globe. Knowing that small pieces of quiet beauty are still valuable for people's lives, restores my confidence in the goodness of mankind. I look forward to continuing these classical traditions with the support of those who share the same value for rugged individualism and the preservation of quiet contemplative beauty.