One theme I had been working with (and still am) is the idea of a unified connected nature of all living things. The concept of oneness. I decided to create paintings of a single line that touches itself continuously throughout the painting and is unbroken. One line that meanders about the canvas naturally and spontaneously. A line that follows an effortless course until I internally receive instructions to stop the piece and start another one.
Living just a few miles from an active volcano was a powerful experience. Every evening we sat on our roof top deck watching radiant orange lava flow in a steady stream down the side of Volcan Fuego.
Most artists are hyper sensitive and mental health is a daily effort. But here's the thing – Mindfulness while working is equal to mindfulness while living a mundane life. It's all the same level of effort.
While Guatemala was burning literally, I was burning away delusions figuratively, in my mind, by sitting in countless hours of meditation for a week. These silent retreats, called Sesshin, are intense experiences that truly cannot be explained.