Creativity starts for me when my foot touches the floor in
Wayan is the name given me by my friends in Ubud, Indonesia. It
means first born. I was deeply touched by the art, artists, music, use of color
and, most of all, by the warm and giving people. I learned things about my life
as the maker of music and art that I could only have learned from these
The result of what I learned I call mind-viewing, The process:
go to the studio, turn on the lights, look around at my space and my tools.
What I see are brushes, paints, pens, pencils, paper, canvas, easels, cameras,
computer, CDs and CD player and my chair. Without thinking too much, I pick up
a pen or a brush or the stylus for my digital tablet and begin to make things.
I continue until I come to the end, then stop. Sometimes the stopping occurs
hours later, sometimes days later. Or sometimes things are put aside and I come
back months later. The main thing is not to think about the art world and
what's acceptable and what's not, but to use all the tools at hand to capture
the viewing of my own mind.
The path is based on what has gone before. The view ahead is
made up of things I've never seen. I can't wait till morning.
The making of art for me is a matter of senses (what I see,
hear, touch and taste), tools, comrades and a myriad of variables too numerous
Comrades may be the most important of all. I trust the finished
work that often results from the interaction with select fresh thinking
comrades. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of this synergy.
Much of my work looks back at the viewer from under a glass, as
if it were a window and the viewer the objet d'art. I believe this to be true.
We are works of art and yet we often see each other only as fleeting
very much enjoy living with these images and they seem to like being alive,
rich with rhythm, color and a kind of poetry that is meant for the
For the past eight or so years, I have worked to develop a
personal style in the fairly young and not yet institutionalized world of
digital fine art.
The pursuit of this idea was not popular, to say the least,
with many artists and other aficionados of fine art. Nonetheless, I felt drawn
to this new media and persevered.
Today, as I look back at what has evolved, I have no regrets. I
am, in fact, more excited than ever at what is over the artistic horizon in
this pursuit of visual expression.
Charles Morgan Smart
I began to understand how to be a human being and an artist.
Don't give me a key, chord changes, nothing.