My art is a statement in itself because it is a language communicating my voice shown in my painting. My art, hopefully, makes this statement. I could never communicate in words because there would be no one to listen. Art as in nature is a spiritual value evident in how it causes one to stop and become aware in their surroundings. Art can be revisited continually as a visual sense overcomes the oral, strange how this is. Just as we see a beautiful flower, we return to look again. That is what I want my art to do.
How did you become, in your own words, "hooked on art? How did your deafness inspire or motivate you to become an artist?
How I became immersed or hooked on art is a mystery... I prayed for a gift not knowing I would become so enthralled by art, painting, sculpture, all of it... it engages my senses as totally as possible. This desire is to create an aesthetic object to share with others.
You said you and your wife Bernice Wood, also a painter herself, traveled a lot --- was there a place in particular that really inspired you guys?
Some through Elder-Hostel, the trip to Paris to see the great museums, and a journey to Arles to see Van Gogh's work. We have been fortunate to do this and all this has been so inspirational - the art of the Impressionists in that age then to move on to the fabulous art of John Singer Sargent in another art period.
What do you feel Lexington as a location can offer to its community of artists?
Lexington's outreach for artists is doing well. There seems to be at least three distinct groups of artists. The art league people, the working artists like at Artists Attic, the University arts programs. I am fortunate in that I cross lines with all three groups. The university with the Donovan / OLLI programs encourage senior citizens participation which allows for learning about art exhibits. So really, Lexington is great for art enthusiasts. The knowledge of all these programs is an effort to search out, but it is here.
There should be more awareness among Lexington residents of these art groups and where to find them. Many people know nothing of the Artists Attic, the Art League, or even the Singletary Museum.