Synesthesia has been with me from childhood, but only in the past several years have I become aware of what it is and how it affects me. I am extremely sensitive to sound, colour, and light, and I experience the synesthetic effects of all three at the same time. The process of painting is really one of capturing the experience of synesthesia, which causes me to see music and sound as form, line and colour. Also, synesthesia shows up as a tangible sensation, guiding the exact placement, contour and shape of a line or form in the composition. This produces a symphony of motion throughout the finished painting which is evident when viewed with the same music used in the original creation.
The effect of synesthesia is also felt through time distortion. There are instances when time slows and stretches, and the music I am listening to is translated into paths of colour and motion through space. This experience is reflected in the contours of lines and form, and coloured brush strokes in white space.
I have noticed my synesthesia has been getting stronger in recent months. One reason for this has been the work I’ve been doing on my guitar. Whenever I need to break through a sticking point in the style or with a specific painting, I have developed a method of going back to the basics of playing, then learning new material. This method helps me to refocus on the connection between my creative mind, eyes and hands while learning to express new thoughts and ideas. Since playing a musical instrument involves translating thought into sound, I carry this a step further to include a visual component. The music is translated into motion through line, form and colour. All of the brushstrokes are made at the same speed as the music listened to. Each painting comes to life inside the music with which it was created.
Music, poetry, motion and light…