Solo Exhibition~ Sept. 17, 2016 through Oct. 2, 2016
Jeanie Tengelson Gallery, Art League of Long Island
It is the brain's ability to adapt and change, to form new neural circuits
in response to stimuli. Whether as a means of survival, or towards
enlightenment, or a combination of both, our brains are constantly
absorbing and sifting through mountains of data and striving to make sense
of it all.
Repeated exposure and/or focused training is the basis for hard wiring some
of the circuits in our brains that allow us to get through life. Learning to
walk, talk, tie our shoes, throw a ball, or paint a picture are all dependent
on the brain's ability to create highways that speed up the process of
thinking. Practice makes us fluent, then intuitive, and if we are lucky there
will be flashes of new insight.
In the 20 years that I have been painting full time, I have spent more than
40,000 hours at the easel, and thousands of hours more thinking about art,
looking at art, and teaching others to make art. The emotional, physical,
and financial struggle of 20 years has also rewired my brain in significant
ways, and all combined I am not the same person who started out in 1996 to
pursue this dream.
I see the world differently now, and for the past 2 years I have painted
it differently, left handed instead of right, an adaptation to injury that began
my thinking in earnest about neuroplasticity.
Some things that have not changed throughout: my desire to bring beauty to
the world, to do some good for others, to find peace. The degree to which I
have succeeded is up to you the viewer to decide.
We are pleased to have Chubb and Hub International NE as corporate sponsors of this event. See the Events page for details.