The act of drawing Dream Matter is an expression of a Taoist idea known as Wu Wei, which, in western thought, is simply defined as spontaneous, free expression; not forcing, allowing the drawing to be freely created, with as little planning or interruption from the conscious mind as possible. I attempt to draw intuitively, to plumb the depths of the imagination—to tap into and express the fundamental nature of reality.
My work has evolved slowly over many years. Over time, I began to see more organic patterns and morphing of the imagery. This was something I had hoped would emerge. It allows each viewer to have a unique experience when they see a Dream Matter piece. People seldom see the same imagery, and it seems to be a very personal experience for some viewers. It's exciting to be able to offer this in my art, and remains an important goal for me. I enjoy giving the viewer something that captures their attention, entertains the mind, and possibly leaves them wondering.
Alan Watts said, “When you make something, you put it together--you assemble parts, or you carve an image out of wood or stone, working from the outside to the inside. But when you watch something growing, it works in an entirely different way; it doesn't assemble parts. It expands from within and gradually complicates itself expanding outwards...like a bud blossoming...like a seed turning into a plant.” Dream Matter emerges in this way.