Apart from any other reasoning on or about a work of art, I feel that one of the most satisfactory conclusions that one may experience is that the finished work seems to have its own reason for being. In my personal progress of creative action I find it increasingly important to reject the ego. Maturity has brought the deeper need to communicate something of the universal - to somehow project something of the infinite and eternal. I see my creative motivation now as less personal and more just another facet of nature as a whole. Lately I find myself wishing that the finished painting would look and feel as though it were not the work of a human hand, and I know that inherent to such desire is the inner knowledge (gleaned from my Zen studies) that this ‘self’ and the rest of the universe are not separate entities.


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