Art as Process
By art as process I refer to a way of artmaking that bypasses the mind and allows a spontaneous unfolding of what wants to come forward. The intuition is the guide and I give myself to its lead. Art making in this spontaneous way can be a deep process that reveals not only the dark and assists in moving through blocks, but also the palyful and imaginative, with a movement to an increased sense of freedom. See images: Out of the ashes... rising Fig. 3 and and the transformational process of pain to opening in Figs 1 & 2.
There is no ‘preciousness’ of an image in process painting, rather the image is ‘pushed’ to where the intuition wants to direct it. Often a sense of protectiveness will help to guide the painter as to what is waiting to be revealed.
For me this way of working has seemed innate or natural when I approached a stone, piece of wood or worked in a 3 dimensional form. Allowing with painting has been much more difficult. As a result, since 2001 I began nurturing my painting process first with Stewart Cubley (The Painting Experience http://www.processarts.com/pages/process/process1.html) and following/through the hiatus of illness, with Michele Cassou (Point Zero Painting, http://www.michelecassou.com/) from 2006-2011. My painting now is more immediate and fluid, with an increased ease of access to deeper realms of self, similar to my experience with sculpture.