Imagine — Cannon Beach, OR

This brand new piece is part of a group show — IMAGINE — at DragonFire Gallery during Cannon Beach, Oregon’s 31st Annual Stormy Weather Arts Festival  — November 2-4, 2018 

IMAGINE — a group exhibition featuring more than forty DragonFire Gallery artists creating a view of the world inspired by the lyrics of John Lennon's timeless classic.

"Imagine: Transient Chaos" | 40 x 40 in. | oil & mixed media

"Imagine: Transient Chaos" | 40 x 40 in. | oil & mixed media

I've spent a lot of time listening to John Lennon’s “Imagine” and the lyrics with the intention of exploring its message in the context of today's world and within the themes I routinely explore in my work.  My hope is that viewers of this piece can imagine a transition from chaos toward peace — a migration from darkness into lightness. Gritty, turbulent marks are heavy in the lower third, but give way to softer, quieter, lightness — rising!  

Some view aspects of chaos and darkness of the world in the current times — hard to know if it’s equal to or worse than the perception of turmoil from which Lennon was writing.  (I was an infant at the time of its release.)  But Lennon gave the world a piece of art with a simple message which has endured and spanned generations — be dreamers, and imagine a better world.

While I can share my inspiration point for my abstraction, I often insist that I’m not a writer, I’m not a poet, I’m not a musician or philosopher — I’m a visual artist.  I prefer to believe my “story” has been told on the canvas.  Viewers may have a unique, internal and personal experience, enjoying a moment of their own creativity — to dream and imagine.