Some time ago I decided to start painting intuitively. At the time I did not know what painting intuitively actually meant for me, but I knew I felt drawn to the spirit of painting instinctively. I wanted to feel what it is like to paint spontaneously, without the entanglement of conscious reasoning.
One of the first things I discovered was that I dropped most of my rules and stopped painting objects. When figuration morphed toward abstraction, my mark-making became free to move in any direction. Why then, did the horizontal mark evolve, and why has it become a strict protocol of my process? Art is a language, and rules define speech. Having abandoned all my former rules regarding subject, form, color, and composition, I instinctually adopted consistent lateral strokes as a much needed unifying protocol.
My horizontal mark-making was also coincident to a concentrated period of meditation practice. One of the evolving aspects of meditation is equipoise, a sense of balance in the midst of chaos. The best way to graphically describe equilibrium is with a level mark. In meditation, equipoise often exists even if the mind is busy, chaotic and worried. Horizontal passages on the canvas maintain visual and psychological equipoise despite the chaos of rapidly changing color and my not knowing how the final picture will look. Thus, these paintings echo my meditation experience.
View a gallery of paintings titled “Meditations”.