“My only real qualification is that from an early age I have loved painting with a single-minded passion that has never abated.”
“We live in a world of ‘Transient passions’, and looking back to my beginnings as an artist, I would say that this is an all-too-prevalent characteristic of most modern artists. At the root of our lives we have suffered from the curse that has afflicted most creative people over the past few centuries – that in assuming the role of creator with a small c, we have forgotten to acknowledge our debt to the Creator, with a capital C  – our Maker in Whom we live and move and have our being – without Whom there would be no artistic gifts, no wonderful insights – in fact, there would be nothing at all – not even us! If we acknowledged this fact from the time we began to paint – how different our art – and  indeed we ourselves –would  be!   If we became fully aware of the enormity of this revelation, all we could do is fall on our knees and say ‘Thank you!’”
“Like many young artists when beginning their careers, I was totally unaware of the fact that art had in some way needed to have some relation to the spiritual.  In my beginnings as an art student,  being an artist seemed more related to the world of free spirits, of hedonism, of total freedom. This only shows my ignorance at the time, and it was only years later that I began to link the world of art with the life of the spirit.”
“I would know if my work had reached its desired end – which was to bring one to a state of stillness. The paradox is that in reaching this point, one has to travel through many countries in oneself – in my case, this seems to involved a continual search for that moment of surprise which gives me new energy each day to carry on my explorations – of unexpectedly chancing on a new way of seeing the world around me, and finding the best means of expression – in the hope that the viewer will be surprised and delighted at the result.  So the paradox appears to be the juxtaposition of surprise with stillness. I once read that some saint said the action of the Spirit was 3-fold:  It was instantaneous, unpredictable and unexpected.  When that happens in my work, I know I’m on the right track.”

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