We do not experience nature through a
clean one point perspective device. When
we are open to really seeing, our perceptions
of nature are non linear, non-literal,
perhaps non-logical. So when I say “I
am painting the experience of being in
nature, being a part of nature, my studio
visitors who are connected to Asian art
nod and say, “Of course, how basic.
That is Tao.”
Tao, like Ch’i, is both very simple
and enormously complex at the same time.
Tao, to oversimplify means “the
way”. It is an awareness and acceptance
of the “now”, of “being”.
My involvement with ecology exists in
my painting as well as in my dealings
in the world, and fits into the Asian
concepts of nature. For if we are one
with nature, then life, death, rebirth,
and all the beauty and terror and fear
of loss of our natural environment in
these days of ecological crisis, takes
on an enormously immediate meaning. This
is unlike most Western attitudes (in which
there is avoidance, or destruction, and/or
control of nature).