Simplifying is a process that’s been part of my life for a few years now. It started with a passing interest in minimalist interiors, the sparseness appealed to me on a deep level which prompted a slow progression toward paring back my belongings.
“Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.”
― John Maeda
I’ve let go of so much physical stuff and clutter but now I feel the need to simplify expanding into other areas of my life. The more I answer the call to paint, the less I feel the need for other distractions. Time commitments, noise, and unnecessary obligations have been cut back in order to provide me with the thing that I really need now in my life, space.
It’s this discovery of space in my life that has enabled me to focus on my painting in a way that wouldn’t have been possible before. By ignoring the endless chatter of modern culture, I’ve figured out what really matters to me – loving relationships with family and a few close friends and living a creative life.
“There is nothing quite so complicated as simplicity.”
– Charles Poore
In my latest painting, I’ve attempted to let this simplicity capture the essence of the sea and the sky. It’s a representation of what truly inspires me about the ocean – it’s unpredictable and transient nature that is vast, endless and always full of possibility.