Journeys are an integral part of the inspirations that propel my art: outward bound travel or inward creative journeys.
Traveling throughout the world, I am always intrigued by the human cultural elements and visual stimulation that I encounter. I am attracted to the simple, unsophisticated and organic details that are often overlooked. I find that every place and culture reveals its beauty to me in the everyday realities of life.
Blending art, culture and technology together I am able to realize these inspirations. I make use of both traditional artists, tools and creative technology to express the essence of these visions in new and innovative ways. Digital imaging using archival ink and paper come together with collage, painting techniques and photography to craft original limited edition prints.
I start with a feeling or thought, then allow the work to take on it,s own personality. Finding the unexpected interplay between color, texture and imagery is what intrigues me the most. I like to explore the diversity of these elements, letting the creative muse take me further on the journey.
In 1998, I was a one of the first artists to take a backpack full of digital tools on the road in China. The result is a limited edition of fine art prints and a companion web site featuring a gallery of digital art, photos, and QuickTime panoramas. The complete project is online at: www.zama.com/ontheroad.
My interest in Asian arts had only become stronger since I lived and worked for Adobe Systems in Tokyo in 1994. Here I interacted with the Japanese-Asian aesthetic on an everyday basis, marveling in the tradition and the attention given to every design detail. Going to China felt like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study at the Beijing Art Academy and to travel to places of spiritual significance within the country.
Traditionally, artists who traveled carried with them their easel, canvas, paints and brushes, and created artwork on location. I wanted to prove that new technologies allow the digital artist to take to the road.
I kept a daily journal of my impressions and inspirations. The art photos and journal all work together to capture the essence of China seen through my eyes.
The project A Digital Artist: On the Road in China has been featured on CNN Headline News, Computer Chronicles and in several design and publishing magazines and newspapers. The work that has evolved form a 1999 journey to Nepal embodies the spiritual aspects of the Hindu and Buddhist cultures I encountered. Combining aspects of religious imagery, Nepalese and Indian culture, I create images to convey a message of hope that each indigenous culture may enter the increasingly homogenized 21st century with its unique cultural blueprint intact.
As we race toward economic and technological advancement in our quest for globalization, we run the risk of sacrificing cultural diversity. My work reflects my wish that we use technology as a means to preserve and celebrate cultural diversity rather than allowing technology to be an agent of cultural destruction.
The project A Veil in Time: Nepal includes a limited edition of digital prints, and a Flash-based web site featuring more than 50 photographs from Nepal. The online project can be found at: www.zama.com/aveilintime.
Exploring other parts of Asia, including Japan, Thailand and Indonesia, I've investigated the Eastern experience in order to more fully appreciate its teachings and traditions that continue to captivate my interest. As our world becomes a smaller place through technology and transportation, it becomes increasingly more important for us to become aware of each other in ways we may never have imagined before. Through this broad lens we enlarge the understanding and awareness of the unique and beautiful cultures that exist. It is this understanding, I believe, that contributes to a greater compassion and unity in the world. I see our global community as having more similarities than differences. My experiences have left me with a desire to deepen my knowledge of the human spirit and as a direct result I have begun to study Qi Gong, Yoga and meditation. These topics play a vital role in my image making.
I continue to explore methods that push the digital print into new dimensions. Through collaboration and volunteer activities at conferences such as SIGGRAPH, I,m able to experiment and develop new ways of using the digital tools. Studying the techniques of pioneering digital artists I am inspired to take my printmaking into even further directions that go beyond the traditional two-dimensional digital print. As I work at the edge of digital printmaking, I am constantly drawn to incorporating traditional techniques into the work.
Evening Sky with Bamboo
Sticks and Stones
Red Wall with Ferns
Truth in Nature
I wanted to tell you a little more about our Open Studios
(I'd expressed my interest - ed.).
It's a popular concept in many cities/communities in the US.
Usually once a year some areas (city, county, regional community)
will host a month of Open Studios. Usually, the first three weeks
are region specific - for example the first weekend might include
studios in the northern area, the second weekend studios in the
central area, and the third weekend studios in the south area.
The fourth weekend is for anyone who wants to have an extra weekend
to show their work.
Typically, artists prepare new work and hang a show in their studio (or home) and invite the public to view. I've participated for three years in a row, and each time has been very satifying - mostly from the point of hearing comments directly from potential collectors. Each year, I've had between 75 and 100 people come to my exhibit over the two weekend days that I show. It's a wonderful opportunity to sell directly to the collector. Some of these Open Studios are juried events, others, like the Silicon Valley one (where I show) is not. There is a website that shows an example peice of work from each artist participating as well as the address and contact information. This website continues to be online even after the event. You can check out this years website at: http://www.svopenstudios.org/Art_Site/index.html - about 300 artist opened their studio over the month long event.
Art lovers have a great time, because they can make a day of it (or several days). The event organizers provide maps that show how to get to each studio. These people enjoy seeing the artist's working place, can sometime see demonstration of the artist process, and enjoy the wine and cheese (or other goodies) that the host artist usually provides.
It's a really great concept, as it stirs a more general interest for art and gets people thinking that YES art is being made within their community.
928 Mackenzie Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94087