“All art aspires to the condition of music.” - Walter Pater
Mr. Pater hit the nail on the head with this statement. As much as I love painting, I agree with ETA Hoffman that “music is the most romantic of the arts.” Music is a major inspiration for me when I paint. I have painted many paintings while listening to music.
“The MisEducation of Lauryn Hill” was the soundtrack for many of my early paintings. She was singing my life. I wanted to capture the feeling her music gave me in my art. Jay-Z’s “Song Cry” influenced my upcoming 2018 solo exhibition Art Cry. Jay-Z made his song cry. I made my art cry.
When people look at my art, I hope they can see the emotions I felt. Like the familiar melody of a favorite song, I want my paintings to become visual nocturnes arousing emotion in the viewer’s heart.
Of course, I can paint without listening to music. But why would I?