Why do I travel?
What is more important than experiencing myself in different places, new situations, and unforeseen circumstances? Yep, sometimes I answer a question with a question, not my finest thought but real non-the-less. No really, "Why do I travel?" I ask myself once again. To experience the moment and use my ability to document that moment in the hopes to show it to others so they may experience something that becomes their own. This is why I paint, film, make sculptural wall hangings, and cover myself with epoxy, glass, and other strange materials. Traveling is no different than making art. I am still making moments as I am making movements.
I've been called an artist, a jackass (at times), and a rampant extrovert. I accept that I am all of these things and a couple of expletives that I shall not mention at this time. But the most important thing I can be is REAL. We all heard the Mark Twain quote "Truth is stranger than fiction..." but this is only part of the quote. The full quote from 1897 is "Truth is stranger than fiction because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't." Possibilities, or maybe even probable outcomes. Truth is formless and there is no formula. I like to work in this area. That's why I read mostly nonfiction books. On occasion, I enjoy a good round of classic fiction...a comic book or something but I enjoy truth with another key ingredient...Mystery. I'm not talking about the Hardy Boys or X Files (although I do like the X Files), I'm referring to the state of be mystified. In the dark, unknown, surprisingly new, unidentified. Mystery is a key to my truth seeking. I enjoying the process of moving through the veil and coming to the other side. Most of the time the other side has a brand spanking new list of mysterious questions. What's more important the outcome or the process?