My braces are obvious, helping my movements to be effective. While my disability it is not the subject of my art, my limitations have influenced my method of painting, from working with gravity to the social collaborations enabling larger work. These necessities have placed me in the greater systems which support us, our family circles, friendships and social structures. All art exists in a relationship between the object, whether that be a painting on a wall or a concept, and our place in relationship to it, and often to the friend standing next to us as we orient ourselves. Like the navigational azimuth, the point where a vertical circle through a given heavenly body intersects the horizon, the lines connecting us become visible.

I hear it in the chorus at Love City Love, see it on the dance floor in our conecting ribbons, in the ocean with the fish looking up at me. I come to the table for the joyful arks, the islands along the way and spaces in between. It is the same everywhere the universe, all things in relation to other things. The canvas stretches out before us, individuals with agency, as a whole, from side to side in profiles, from across the table and above, out of our cups onto the surface is a constellation. 

I often progress from a painting I iterate on my own, to a public setting where ten people accomplish it together. Paintings benefit from diversity, counter point and anomaly. Because we are each pouring different areas, there are places where we meet and have to negotiate intuitively. In the give and overlap, we see how our influence interacts with what others are doing. Looking at the evolving composition creates a sense of collaboration and neighborliness which goes hand-in-hand with democracy and compromise.

The table brings us round in a threshold occasion, meeting in a moment of ecstasis, moving away from our standing as one thing to become another. As we empathiize and understand it, we become it. We have a propensity to see significance and are compelled to describe our experience. To describe it is to be with it further. In these unions we know that what we see is being seen. We are all phenomenal manifestations of the will of life, and that consciousness is one in all of us, giving us assurance to further expand the grounds of our understandings. If we can see the bodies and actions involved in this medium, then we can build goals for the arc of our story, even effect its direction. 

Moore Inside Out. Photo: Chris Murphy
CityArts Fest. Photo: Motzo Bozic
Coe Elementary. Photo: Laurie Higman
Vermillion. Art Walk Award Winner. Photo: Chris Murphy
CityArts Fest. Photo: Motzo Bozic
CityArts Fest. Photo: Motzo Bozic

CityArts Fest Painting