Published: May 5, 2013
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I have been drawn to the materials and forms of Japanese and Chinese art since my college years. I have now been a student of Taoism, a Chinese philosophical system, for ten years.
Meditation such as that taught in Taoism allows the "chi" (life force or spirit) to flow freely through the artist's hand so that there is no barrier between the mind of the artist and the marks of the brush on the paper. Ink painting, with its subtleties of line and tone flowing from a flexible brush, encourages such spontaneous expression, sometimes revealing images, attitudes or reactions buried in the subconscious.
My recent work is a series of sumi ink and watercolor paintings and accordion-fold books combining etching and painting. The title "Walking (Ink) Meditations describes both my method of working and the experience I wish to share with the viewer.