I can’t get enough of sunsets in Taiwan. I’ve seen incredible ones in New Mexico during my tenure there, but because I live on an island and I’m in a high-rise apartment, my views of sunsets are incredible. I appreciate it at a whole new level without intrusion. It’s like I’m having a personal conversation with the cosmic forces.
Maybe it’s this connection that fuels my creativity?
I’m not sure what it is, but sunsets appear to be the dominant and driving force of my aspirations this year. 2013 will go down perhaps as my most creative year of consistently strong paintings. My body work as a whole has improved greatly over past years, not just one or two paintings, but many. I’m not saying this to puff myself up, I’m always my best and worst critic, and my most honest. I know the difference between a good painting and a bad painting, a great painting to an average painting. Logically, I can’t explain it, it’s just something my instincts know all too well. Living a mostly solitary lifestyle that any monk could appreciate probably has inspired me to create such dynamic paintings. I always want my next painting to be my best. Period. I’m in competition with myself. For that, I’m grateful. The downside perhaps is that I’m such a perfectionist, it sometimes takes away the joy. But I have learned more and more how to quiet that little critical voice in my head so I could paint my heart out. If I mess up, then I try again.
Yes, it’s time to fly into the sunset and I’m ready for some more painting in 2014.