The Russian novelist Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn stated the following
as part of his 1972 Nobel Prize acceptance speech:
“Dostoevsky once enigmatically let drop the phrase: “Beauty
will save the world”.
What does this mean? For a long time I thought it merely a phrase.
Was such a thing possible? When in our bloodthirsty history did
beauty ever save anyone from anything? Ennobled, elevated, yes;
but whom has it saved?
But I have since learned that works which draw on truth and present
it to us in live and concentrated form grip us, compellingly involve
us, and no one ever, not even ages hence, will come forth to refute
And thus, the old trinity of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty may not be simply
the dressed-up, worn-out formula we thought it to be in our presumptuous, materialistic
What Dostoevsky wrote-“Beauty will save the world”
is not a slip of the tongue but a prophecy.”
Beauty is truly uniquely perceived by each of us in our own way,
drawing from the sum of our personal experiences during a lifetime.
My paintings have always been about some aspect of beauty as I
have perceived it. Today, I want people to be drawn in when they
view my work…to be touched by Nature’s beauty as I
have been. I want people to slow down and to take a closer look,
looking beyond that initial first glance, to truly experience the
beauty that lies within Nature.
To get this message across to the viewer, I use color as my strongest
voice. The Spirit of Color is to me true Beauty. Color holds a
fascination for me that I am sure I will spend a lifetime discovering
and sharing through my artwork. Currently, the dance of light,
of strong contrast and reflective shadow, the pushing of color
a step beyond reality- these are the elements that I am working
with to portray the subjects in my watercolors.
The subjects in my paintings are all ones that I have personally
encountered. Having been touched by their beauty, I am moved to
want to share this experience with others through my interpretation
The tools that I use to create these watercolors are simple. Primarily
they are; a pencil to draw my images on archival paper made for
watercolors, permanent watercolor pigment (finely ground, non-fading
pigments mixed in a water soluble binder such as gum arabic) and
pure water. I like to photograph my subjects to preserve that moment
when the magic of their beauty first touched me. Later, I create
watercolor paintings of these subjects in the solitude of my studio
located in the foothills of the Siskyou Mountains of Southern Oregon.
Perhaps, in viewing this exhibition you will be moved to take
the time to slow down, to really take a closer look. Perhaps in
that moment the Spirit of Color will touch you.