POSITION ON PUBLIC FEEDBACK AND CRITICISM
As an artist who creates artifacts meant for public consumption, feedback and critique of my work are an essential part of the art-making and art-enjoying process. I greatly value my followers and the tremendous support I have received while on my creative journey.
While my creative intentions are always focused on growth, education and exploration, I recognize that some of the subjects I explore may teeter on the line of controversy. My intentions are never to offend, belittle or minimize any individual or institution.
In my view - and a view that western civilization is largely founded on - is the absolute primacy of an individual's ability to speak their truth and experience. While recognizing and exercising this virtue, we often run the risk of offending others. Being offended or uncomfortable, however, is a necessary aspect of growth which one encounters when participating in a public conversation. We MUST run the risk of offending if we value progress.
This all being said, I am always open to feedback and criticism about my work and how/where I present it. This openness allows me to grow and connect with my audience in ways that ultimately drive personal reflection and growth.
My art projects are often long-term endeavors and come in a series. I encourage anyone interested in my work to read the project theses of a given series HERE to clarify my vision and position on the work.
NEW EDEN SERIES
My oil painting series titled New Eden explores many themes on the subject of religion. At the core of this exploration is an interest in religious evolution, adaptation and the relationship between the figures of major religious systems and the modern age - particularly as the modern world grows increasingly secularized.
The presentation and depiction of these figures have been rendered in their archetypal form. This means that I intended to capture the the general iconography of the figures as they have been generally depicted and understood throughout history - these are by no means meant to be historically accurate images. Please click HERE to further clarify my vision and position on the work.
WHAT I WILL NOT RESPOND TO
I will NOT engage with any feedback or criticism that is mean-spirited or meant to denigrate or shame. If you take issue with any of my work or views to the point of being motivated to voice mean-spirited sentiments, I suggest that you please stop following me and my work. The world is full of great artists who may be more aligned with your views.