When painting, I am not “Creator”. I am simply the space where creation shows up. To paraphrase Eckhart Tolle “All creativity comes out of inner spaciousness".
Once the Creation has happened and something has come into form, I have to be vigilant so that the notion of me or mine does not arise. If I take credit for what I accomplished, the ego has returned, and the spaciousness has become obscured.
This sense of “possession” by something greater than myself leaves me with a knowing that ALL creation is divinely inspired...and that It is only our “filters” that get in the way of It’s perfection.
I am often asked who I was influenced by. I don't think of being influenced in terms of style, but more like permission.
Abstract Expressionism artists De Kooning, Pollock, Rothko and Kandinsky who expressed themselves through color and brush stroke rather than image, gave me permission to "paint outside the lines", allowing me the freedom to CREATE rather than RE-CREATE.