Why I am an artist, and not a ….

Why do I create art?

I have many skills, I am smart, I can certainly do other jobs, other careers. So why do I create art?

Because it is a way to communicate beyond words. Because it is my goal to learn about the human experience, through my own and relate to others, to create worlds where we live – we live in more than one – and accept ourselves including our faults. To understand and convey we don’t have to be perfect to be loved or accepted. Because I believe truly that we are not alone, even though we live lonely lives. Because even though we are separate beings, I believe that an experience I have, is shared and understood by many others. Because I believe that we have no other option but to connect to each other, whether emotionally, mentally or spiritually.

Picasso said “We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.” (The Arts, Picasso Speaks, 1923)

I create art to discover my own truth, to get at the grassroots – the authenticity of existence. I am not out to shock the world, or to shock my neighbours or create works that please others or follow a fad. It is to create work that pleases me – and by doing so, understand myself, and, as a consequence, others. My goal is not to be the best artist or the most famous artist, or the richest artist; my goal is to be an honest artist, an adventurer, with the courage to speak my truth.