This is especially true when I am interested in creating some more abstract and nonrepresentational images that may reference some particular visual material but only in a more distant and detached way; or may not have any specific reference to everyday world at all. There is a rhythm and pulse to a lot of music (for me certain kinds of jazz and classical music work best) that can be expressed in visual forms with dashes, lines, splashes of color and form that can bring about a visual experience that is similar to what I feel and respond to in music. By listening to music in this form, my imagination is able to envision similar patterns and beats that can register across the picture plane. Like music there is a background bass or beat that is the context for specific visual forms that pulsate and move across the canvas in a rush or in a more restrained movement. Some 20th century painters (Mondrian or Kandinsky for instance) were particularly moved by musical forms. Klee was another painter who tried to incorporate his musical experience in a visual form. He invoked a dramatic feeling in his paintings by using the rising and falling melodies in telling a musical story.
Sounds can be harsh or soft. They can come in a rush or require closer listening. There is always the contrast between the sound and the silence which is essential to music. It is present in visual images in the space that surrounds and forms the essential medium in which particular forms rest and relate to each other. These images can come in an intense rush; or it can more softly emerge from the background space requiring the viewer to look more carefully The contrast between ground and form may be barely expressed so there is a sense the foreground and background are merged.
There are many ways that inspiration comes to people who create objects of art and imagination. Music is only one experience that can bring out inventiveness and emotion. I feel fortunate that I have managed to develop an appreciation for listening and looking at the world in new ways as a result of creative endeavors in visual art and through my experience with making music as a self-taught piano-plunker. As a result I am rarely bored with my life when I can see the richness and beauty that is there to be cultivated every day. It is the basis for my interest in the Artists’ Co–op and in working with others who share an interest in things of beauty and imagination. In our Artistic Portland Co-op we have the complete range of art objects from jewelry and fiber arts to painting, photography and work with wood or metal objects. My painting is fundamental to my objectives in life - especially now that I am no longer working and can benefit from the discipline and vision that it brings to me each day that I invest some time and energy in the work.