April 16, 2013 by smithartonline
I am an extremely conservative artist. My intention is to return to the spiritual aspects of the earliest art forms found around the world. Through the use of symbol, color and theme, the work evokes a response in the viewer, which moves the person to a transcendental experience – moving from this material world to another plane of understanding.
Through my use of symbols – both standardized and personally generated – the viewer is invited into a dialogue with the painting. Bringing personal concepts and definitions to these symbols makes the viewing experience alive and constantly evolving for both the viewer and the work of art.
Influences upon the development of my style come from around the world. American artists should celebrate the melting pot concept exemplified by this continent. Diverse cultures commingle here and together create a new, rich experience for all. This particular piece may lay claim to influences from Japan, China, Europe and the First Nation of the Americas.
The story referenced is the Japanese tale of the wedding of the kitsune, or the ethereal fox of the Shinto religion. This union is considered an auspicious occasion when it occurs in the rain during a sunny day. It brings good fortune. However, should the ceremony be viewed by non-kitsune beings, there will be trouble. An excellent film presentation may be seen in Akira Kurosawa’s film Dreams.