October 17, 2012 by smithartonline
It will be noted that the Kitsune/Fox is a regularly occurring theme in my posted works. This piece shows that I do have other interests, though this is another piece finding inspiration in Japanese folklore. This piece celebrates Amaterasu, one member of the Japanese Shinto pantheon. I find inspiration in many cultures from around the world, I guess that recently I have been focused upon Japan: you may blame the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena for this.
A major influence is the Tibetan Buddhist gau box: there are some prime examples at the Pacific Asia, they range in size from larger pieces used as small altars, to very small, which were worn by the individual. These are sacred boxes which are filled with various relics. Of course, I in no way see my own work as sacred (unless one wants to delve into the philosophies of the origins of art), but simply an outgrowth of the visual impact of these objects I have viewed over the years.
Art is not created in a total vacuum. A multitude of influences are constantly presented to the artist, and these then in, one way or another, worm their way into the artistic creation. Certainly in the United States the culture is so rich from influences coming to the continent from around the world that an artist cannot escape, indeed should embrace, these gifts.