I am not an expert on Asian art. I do
know that I respond - on a deep gut level
- to certain Chines painters like Tun
Ch’i-Ch’and and Shih-t’ao.
And I have always felt close to the Japanese
Zen painters, as well as Sesshu and Hokusai.
The calligraphy of both countries has
always reached me. Even though I understand
neither Chinese nor Japanese, somehow
the poetry comes through in calligraphy.
This is not a surface recognition. It
is not intellectual. The work itself makes
me accept it in a Tao manner. It is.
So I will continue preparing myself for
painting every morning by doing Tai-ch’i
in my studio, and I will leave room for
the intuitive self to continue making
a synthesis in my work, a natural way
to paint being in nature.