The 1%. In the Sumi style, I use reams of inexpensive printer paper to paint, and I plan that at least 1 out of 100 sheets will be worth separating. Everything else heads toward the trash. Therefore, because of my approach it is reliable work does not hurt the eyes.
I paint because it is in me to paint. I have avoided painting for some time, because of the fear of the ink as it stains the page marking ever so permanently an impression, an imprint, a memory of another person. Will that imprint be a moment a person enjoys remembering?
Much of my inspiration is my Bible, my family, and my travels before and during the Navy, and my schooling. There is some weaving that makes a person, that though a person tries to extract some things; they find that much of their life adjusts their opinions. The family I remember, even those who have passed, like my morally immovable Grandpa and my other rocket scientist Grandpa, they affect our views. Either I view myself not as moral or not as smart, or I ask myself what I have done with it. My military family took me around the United States, while my time in the military took me around the world. Years after so much travel, a simple college geography class can become necessary to drop simply because I know certain facts because I was there. I do remember the stars in the middle of a sea, and the sunset and sunrise in the middle of the ocean. How can I explain these magnificent things to people have never been so far into the sea, so far into the ocean?
Years of service 1996 through 2000
Branch US Navy
Rating Sonar Technician