Whatever you call it, energy, spirit or soul, grasping that is my primary goal in painting, which becomes a personal journey for my life.
When I paint all else ceases to exist. I am caught in a space and time that has no measure or proof other than the visual painting result. My painting transcends the now of the physical and transports me to another plane.
There is only pure joy. It is comfortable yet unpredictable, exciting yet peaceful, a place to lose myself and yet find myself. This experience doesn't happen when I plan for it, but rather when I least expect it, I'm submerged in it.
I like the element of unpredictability and let each painting be guided by itself and that particular period of time, to let it be whatever it will be, accepting it only for what it is; a moment in my life.
The more personal struggles there are in my life the stronger my work becomes. This is both encouraging and satisfying, yet mystifying too. But I am not concerned with this or the picture result as I am with the satisfaction and peace that the experience of painting brings me. That is personal gratification!
- Andrea Peters