Three significant things happened when I was in first grade: I started drawing the cartoons I watched on Saturday mornings (Fat Albert, The Super Friends, Scooby Doo), I noticed the glow of stained glass windows in a small country church, and I walked into an elementary school art class and saw Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night for the very first time.  A lot of things have changed since then but even now I still love Fat Albert and everything he stands for, I believe God gave us stained glass so we could get a glimpse of the glow of heaven, and I still forget about all of my problems when I look at Starry Night.  I have since discovered the genius of Matisse and many years ago I realized that William H. Johnson was perhaps one of the greatest artists to ever live.  Maybe you can see some of those influences in my work, maybe not.  My goal is to create art that is as straight-forward as a stained glass window.  I strive to remove unnecessary clutter and with simple forms and large areas of color allow the viewer to see what I see and hopefully feel what I feel.  So many artists today are only interested in shocking people.  I have no interest in doing that.  I simply want someone someday to look at one of my paintings and be moved in a way that they never forget the first time they saw it.  Maybe I haven't created that painting yet.  One day I will.

 

Kent Mullinax