- Of, relating to, or derived from living organisms: organic matter.
- Simple, healthful, and close to nature: an organic lifestyle
- Resembling a living organism in organization or development; interconnected: society as an organic whole.
- Constituting an integral part of a whole; fundamental.
- Involving organisms or the products of their life processes.
When you think of the word organic, you obviously first think of the produce we buy everyday, or anything with a natural look and feel to it. When referring to Art with the term Organic attached, we naturally will conjure up pictures in our minds of natural flowing things, a lush landscape, a gnarled tree, maybe a flowing abstract. I first thought about the concept of “Organic Art” while walking the creek bed behind my home in Malibu, Ca. I saw examples of "Art" here and there amidst the flowing stream, rocks, weeds, and grasses, and was intrigued by the build up of different layers that each new season brought.
I study the intricacies in nature we come across daily. Many of them so strikingly familiar to us, their different stages as they progress thru evolution. I’m intrigued by micro assemblages, tucked just below the surface, unusual hidden worlds that are actually complete in themselves. Macro and micro organic occurrences that are ongoing constantly, natural progressions that pertain to the passage of time. Time reveals itself through rotted wood, new growth poking up thru dead grass, strata on the side of a mountain, an explosion of color, all these things show the evolution of our Earth. They are organic markings of the passage of time. Maybe the viewer will re-live an atmospheric memory in their relationship to nature.....I aim for that familiarity.
Art can also be deemed “Organic” by the materials an artist is using. Organic pigments, leaves, branches, berries, stones, etc., an assemblage of natural materials, a wooden sculpture, stones stacked/placed along a river……..or even crop circles, they are all examples of what I would term a form of "Organic Art". For me, creating abstract art with an raw, almost telepathic sensitivity, listening to my intuition is most important. My heroes....Jasper Johns, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, Rauschenburg, and De Kooning for their bravery, insights, and vibrant raw emotion.
Organic art reeks of a certain inner familiarity, something very fundamental, and essential in our lives. My paintings convey the organic complexities that surround us, sometimes about serenity, sometimes complex layering systems of decay or destruction. All of life responds to the primitive, tangible, evolution of our planet, some are just a little closer to the source. Organic art is rudimentary, it is essential, it’s primordial, supportive and vital. It might express itself in a piece of raku fired ceramic, a collection of twigs, or paint on a canvas, twisted, layered, textured and tortured into place. Organic art is all around us, and has always has been a part of our ever changing planet. I hope you enjoy my art, it is my joy in life to paint, and a true healing path for me.