Stephen Gould Rose - visual artist
I have been a landscape painter, but what is a landscape? It's the sense of infinity reflected by the sprawling natural world that I treasure, yet infinity doesn't reside in time and place. The real landscape is entirely within, the kingdom of the heart. What we see is the outpouring of our hearts! So, I have turned to a more intuitive approach to art making. I sense so much latent terrain that wants to be made visible, much more than I can see, imagine, or "create." Removing myself from the process seems the healthiest path. It's certainly more fun than willful posturing. So, I listen...and hear paintings waiting to be born. I invite them to make use of my studio.

Rilke comments on the ongoing process:

We are not permitted to linger, even with what is most
intimate. From images that are full, the spirit
plunges on to others that suddenly must be filled;
there are no lakes till eternity. Here,
falling is best. To fall from the mastered emotion
into the guessed-at, and onward.
-Rilke, To Hölderlin (1st stanza)

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