Holy cows make the best burgers!
About me.... I make art. My mother was an oil painter and I studied oil painting as a boy of 8 y/o. I would attend her private classes and had a great time using oils. My step father was an artist as well. I took art classes through most of my adult life. I've stayed involved in my art since childhood.
I feel connect to my mother now more than ever. I think I'm very fortunate to be able to devote myself to my craft in ways she was never allowed because she the responsibility of four children.
Despite my agnostic, even atheistic upbringing, I studied religion during my undergrad years. It was interesting but a kind of weirdly impractical. Prayer may comfort and mediation may work, but it always sucks to have a group supervise your state of mind.
The causal world should never be so casually dismissed.
I still choose reason, but I use religious, mythological and sacred symbols as a language for convey contemporary notions. Itís actually more liberating for me than practicing a faith (and Iím comforted in the remaining belief that my student loans werenít entirely a waste).
Using my art to create religious syncretism is my way of challenging widely held beliefs and creating new, more personal mythologies.
I'm attracted to the idea of Buddha 'packing a heat,' homeless angels, or Jesus afraid of his followers because they're just a little bit too blissful. I'd like to put the saints and holy men in their place, squarely in the human condition where they belong. If we've got to live in it, they're not getting off so easily.
Deal with it!Ē