Digital is great - no doubt about that. This website, my extensive photo references and business run on digital. However it still is like comparing a plastic dashboard to one of walnut veneer or vinyl to leather. We cannot do without the synthetic stuff but we also need the real thing. That is what makes a painting so special. It is handmade, tangible, textured and old school. Prints and photos do not have the esoteric quality of a painting. There is no comparison to the considered, technical and spiritual demands required for a painting to succeed. Sometimes a painting feels like it is born out of state of consciousness that cannot be replicated. No matter how I try to paint another similar painting it is impossible. That is what attracts me back to the easel. The struggle, the joy the rebirth of something unique. Once complete the painting must be passed on unselfishly to a new owner and I start another. It is a journey and cannot be ignored. What is the value of a painting when there are basic needs not being met in this world? You can decide for yourself. Perhaps in this world of instant gratification the ancient arts and creative spirit is all that humans can fall back on to make sense of it all.
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