"FOR MANY YEARS I have been convinced that something occurs in the creative working of the imagination that is more fundamental—but more puzzling—than we have assumed in contemporary psychology. In our day of dedication to facts and hard-headed objectivity, we have disparaged imagination: it gets us away from “reality”; it taints our work with “subjectivity”; and, worst of all, it is said to be unscientific. As a result, art and imagination are often taken as the “frosting” to life rather than as the solid food. No wonder people think of “art” in terms of its cognate, “artificial,” or even consider it a luxury that slyly fools us, “artifice.” Throughout Western history our dilemma has been whether imagination shall turn out to be artifice or the source of being.

What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, but the fountainhead of human experience? What if our logic and science derive from art forms and are fundamentally dependent on them rather than art being merely a decoration for our work when science and logic have produced it? These are the hypotheses I propose here."

- Rollo May, The Courage To Create

PORTRAIT: I make nontraditional portraits of your essence, not a traditional portrait of your likeness.  You help me create it.  It is a unique co-creation through which you and I express your being at that moment. What will you bring to your unique portrait? I will work with you to make sure that your most special memories are built into your portrait – even if only you and I know exactly what is included. I make the paints. I incorporate materials you select so the painting becomes a unique expression of your spirit. We might create paint mixed with pigments made from the sand from your favorite beach or even your own tears. The goal is to create an abstract painting that reflects an essence of you; a reflection of your nature.

- Marshall Carbee

a reflection of your unique life

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inner significance”

– Aristotle.