Painting musical instruments

Music is a bridge to the mystery of the unseen. Music sends light into my heart and speaks to the soul, needing no translation. It is pure feeling. Walter Pater said, “All art constantly aspires to the condition of music.” Is this what draws me into describing my experience through painting instruments? Or is it deeper? Could it be we, as humans, have a deep, primal need for rhythm? Through painting instruments I can be close to the unseen?

I don’t know.

What I do know is there are no curves as beautiful as the curves on a guitar; I can say what needs saying through creating on their smooth surfaces and fluid lines. There is beauty in curves, spirals, lines, and circles. There is beauty in the movement of color and shape, just as there is beauty in the notes, chords, and rhythm of music.

The instruments I work on are sometimes gifts, sometimes commissions, & sometimes rescues from the sands of time. When I create a new piece, music drives my work, leading me to colors, ideas, thoughts, and brushstrokes I never planned. I share my he(art), my nature, joys, sorrows, and passions right there on the canvas of the instrument. And, while these pieces are intended primarily as art, they still do what they do best – make amazing music. I hope that my art makes the experience even better.

I do what I do because I have to. And in the process, it is my sincerest hope that my art – like good music – will bring joy, pleasure, and love.