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Painting is an essential part of being human. Only the songs first sung by Earth’s children with the bright morning star, precede the advent of painting as an expression of the Great ArtSpirit in Earth on Earth. We have made paint and applied it to various surfaces and creatures and even ourselves since the pre-dawn of civilization. Painting is an essential part of being human.

Historically painters were considered magicians, shamans, communicators of Spirit messages or Truth. Their work would not only decorate consecrated spaces, but served the higher purpose of expressed prayer to the Great Spirit for passage into heaven or protection from Earth dangers or any number of unknown motivations.

I strongly feel the Truth of paint has been greatly confused by the common notion that Roman/Greco European traditional guild and academic art is the finest art or the highest order of painting. And thereby the measure by which all art is judged good or bad. I consider this approach a kind of journalism of paint; an effort to describe something seen in the material world or imagined in thought so accurately so as to create the illusion of it’s presence.

But equally valid and important are the poets of paint. Those skilled hands which seek to express the unknown world in the liquidity of paint. A report of the intention of the GreatSpirit rather than reproducing It’s forms. ‘Poetic’ paintings are done to inspire contemplation, to question the known, to communicate love and energy and beauty beyond our seeming limits: to create the sensation of Presence. Please enjoy!