Until recently, painting has been at the core of Kurtis’ art practice for the majority of his career. He finds painting to be the most expressive and liberating aspect of his practice and he finds the most joy (and the most challenge) in painting. He feels that many abstract painters, like himself, are always searching for the “lost painting”, the holy grail of art, that exists in a strange continuum and only reveals itself when the artist has completely emptied themselves of thoughts and ideas in general and perceptions about what the image is supposed to be. He feels the artist must first disappear into the work, sometimes for extended periods of time, a kind of samadhi, only to emerge with a work of divine proportions that is unexplainable and a mystery as to how it emerged.
“This first experience of disappearing into my work was so profound that it drove me to long periods of introspection as to what may have happened and why this happens. I wasn’t able to understand or even scratch the surface of this phenomenon until I began to engage in meditation and study the Dharma. At this point I had a better idea intellectually about these things that were happening in my art and why they were so few and far between. The only way to understand this is through a moment of emptiness and complete absorption into the work. I will continue this amazing and profound practice wholeheartedly. As I progress in the work, those moments of liberation come more easily, creating a vast space of joy and creativity that can be seen in the best paintings I have done and will do.”