WHEN MY SON MICHAEL WAS A STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF AUSTRALIA, IN SYDNEY, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT HIM - I LOVED THE ART OF THE ABORIGINALS AND FIND THEM MOST CREATIVE.
WHEN I REALLY WANT TO RELAX I JUST TAKE OUT MY MAGIC MARKERS AND A PIECE OF PAPER, FIND MYSELF A SOLITARY SPOT AND JUST CREATE. I LOVE DOING THIS AS THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO RULES.
AS A SYMBOLOGIST I LOVE TO USE MEANINGFUL SYMBOLS IN MY ARTWORK - ESPECIALLY THE SERPENT, WHICH OF COURSE STANDS FOR THE WISDOM OF WOMEN
Actually, emptiness of mind is not even a state of mind, but the original essence of mind which Buddha and the Sixth Patriarch experienced. "Essence of mind," "original mind," "original face," "Buddha nature," "emptiness"--all these words mean the absolute calmness of our mind.
-Shunryu Suzuki, "Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind"
Calmness comes to me when I paint - especially in abstract symbols.