The seeds of my artistic endeavor trace back to my academic career as a professor in the field of mass communication. Throughout my academic years, I was drawn to the imagery underlying the concepts and theories in my field. Indeed, that is how I conceptualized them – as images. For example, a theory called “Spiral of Silence” – aiming to explain why the fear of isolation causes people to remain silent on issues that they do care about – to me, was an image. However, in attempting to visualize the images, I discovered that I had to learn to paint. That marked the beginning of the latter phase of my life – the artistic phase. Since then, I have systematically explored still life, landscape, and encaustic painting. I strive to combine all of my experience as an academic and an artist to visually display the truth underlying a wide range of concepts and theories aimed at explaining human behavior.
My paintings are often inspired by the physical environment (sea, sky, cloud, landscape), and everyday objects that surround me, fused with my intuition, past memories, and direct observation. However, living in Seattle with its beautiful waters and mountains, there are times that I succumb to impulse, painting what simply impresses me. The demand for pause and close examination required in painting, in turn, enhances my appreciation of the beauty.
At a visceral level I am simply mesmerized by shapes, colors, and texture – be it in nature, or in still life. But there is always an intellectual component to my works as well.