“If I knew where the good songs came from, I’d go there a lot more often.”
- Leonard Cohen
Appropriating nature, science and technology as inspiration, my painting process is a bit like a journey without a map. Sometimes, I’m not sure what direction the paintings will take.
In the process, accidents can happen. I'll get lost in the surface only to navigate back on track, showing the various layers underneath. I welcome these accidents; they help to shape the aesthetics and the archeology of the painting.
I look at every painting as an experiment, an exploration, and also a collaboration, between my plans and the painting’s. Sometimes the work becomes a mirror, reflecting the world I’m trying to make sense of. Other times, it’s a window into a place I’d like to escape to.
If I hadn’t become an artist, I probably would have been a scientist (if I was better at math). I strive to understand the nature of things.
-- Russell Thurston, 2017