There is a force -- a creative urge -- that artists often feel overtake them when they work. At least I do. Oftentimes this force puts me into a form of trance when I work. A state of "flow." Time stands still and the world's concerns fall away. Nothing else matters.
 
This force is a better painter than I am, and it's often insistent on how to proceed. Sometimes it's so insistent that I need to step aside and let it take over. On those occasions when I can't let go of control, when I get my nose too much in the process, it yells, "Sit down, shut up, and hand over the paintbrush!" I must obey.
 
When the work is finished, I look at at what's been created. I'm always surprised. There's a feeling of satisfaction. 
 
I hope my viewers are surprised and receive a deep feeling of satisfaction as well.
 
- Jim Parks

 

 

 

 

 

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