What motivates me and why I keep creating, to paint or make things, even if my efforts get no attention is because it's FUN. The bottom line is that it's FUN to create things. It's utterly exciting to think that a mere idea is transformed into actual being. It always has been that way.
Nature is my subject matter. I didn't consciously choose it but as I spend more time on the trail or in the woods it takes me into an another world. It's like building a relationship with that place and making some personal connections. When I see a work of art I can relate to, it doesn't require an explanation, there's an immediate connection. The first time I saw one of the original sunflower paintings done by Van Gogh was one of those moments. They take me to a place, to another world an ideal world I'd like to be in and never want to leave. I get same sensation with the films and music I love: they take me to imaginary landscapes.
When I’m in the wilderness or on a trail, I gaze at the details of its elements. I get mesmerized by the intricacy and wonder of how leaves or rocks are formed. The idea of the theme, ISLANDS, stems from those details. They are an amplification of the details found in nature. The textures, lines, and patterns we find in nature are magnified, caricatured, and arranged in their visual uniqueness.
I wanted to continue to create highly abstract images to be open for various interpretations. These are a visual play on the nature found in the islands. They are like miniature playgrounds built in a make-believe world.
Yukio Kevin Iraha