Michael Van – Painter
I've been painting since a kid and have some formal art education, although my primary academic endeavors are in science. Painting is a way for me to relax the mind, and to explore deeper into my subconscious - to face and embrace - what may be accumulating there.
I often see art that looks pain-staking to have produced. That is not my mojo. I move loosely, quickly, and on multiple pieces at a time. It's the mistakes and accidents - the imperfect human element - that are the most beautiful to me. The end result is more often terrible than not, and hence a final painting usually has tens of paintings beneath it.
Some of my favorite artists are Diebenkorn, Basquiat, and Rothko in that they also, intentionally or not, give the impression of a certain looseness and freedom, an impression of effortlessness in their works. Art should be fun, not anal-retentive. And that's all I have to say about that.
In my day job I do graphic design, digital marketing, and public relations for a hospitality management company. Painting is a hobby I enjoy and taker seriously, and I get so much joy in knowing that my works hang in homes, restaurants, offices, galleries, and hospitals from Australia to Norway. Part of that is validation, but more so it means I have created something larger than my short-lived organic self. The paint and canvas will survive much longer than I will, and in a way bring me some pseudo-immortality that my ego craves.