Buddhism is nothing other than a set of practices to open up the mysteries of the human heart and the deepest realities of our human experience as those exist, uniquely in us, right at this moment. And the human heart is not personal: the more we fathom our own hearts, the more we find there the being of others and, beyond that, the very heart of the world itself.
-Reginald Ray, "Looking Inward, Seeing Outward"
I just realized that when I am not creating I feel lost, without purpose and meaning in my life. And if I get stagnant in my art I feel stagnant in myself. I must keep trying new techniques, colors or materials. I guess that is why my studio is called Wild and Free Studios. Some artists are very technical, detailed and stay with the same subject matter. And this can surely lead them to the master craftsman level. I am of a different nature. Art to me is a place where I am not in control. Where I give over to forces bigger then myself. The collective unconscious, the images and ways of the ancestors, the visions and dreams that float below the surface. Sometimes the process can get ugly, unkempt, or can be glorious and harmonious. You never know. A few ideas about composition, shadow and light, shape and form, and the principles of color do help however. They are the building materials of the boat in which I float on the unfathomable sea of my creative unconscious. Kathryn Kelsey
“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success.” Nikola Tesla, 1896, the inventor of alternating current.