I’ve always been a fairly reclusive artist, never really wanting any kind of online profile, content to live in relative obscurity. But the current political climate has caused me to come out of the closet, so to speak. I’ve become increasingly concerned about what’s happening in our country today and wish to join the artists using imagery and social commentary to add to the collective dialogue that’s steering the course of the country. Art has the power to produce social change and I’m hoping that if there are enough of us, we can cause a course correction to a better direction. In times as these, I believe that it’s important to speak out if you have any kind of venue at all. So, that’s why I’m here, barring my soul and psyche in visual imagery and social commentary instead of hiding in the shadows.
They say that if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. Freedom, equality, inclusiveness, and social justice are important to me. I believe that love is love, that we should strive for peace, and that we should care for the planet. I also believe we should use truth, facts, and science to direct our collective decision-making. We’re down to the wire to tackle climate change. We can no longer afford to allow a complicit Congress and well-financed propaganda to pretend it isn’t happening. We ignore these things at our own peril.
While I want to use imagery and social commentary to call attention to what’s going on, I’d like to add a sprinkle of hope as well. Jung said, “The sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” Humans are a resilient species. We have survived tremendous challenges in the course of our evolution and I believe we will survive the challenges we face now. But it’s going to take each and every one of us to make that happen. So here’s to like minds working together to build a better tomorrow. Progressives unite, push forward.