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Communication as an artist is an essential element regardless of political, spiritual, mental, and physical limitations, which begin in infancy and continue until an artist faces their own demise. By combining imagination and experimentation with various mediums, the ultimate communication reaches the canvas (a destination) and calls out to a person or persons who view the finished works and make a decision whether the work is worthy or to be ridiculed.  Not wanting to be contained by horizon lines, D. W. Kern chooses colors and various mediums to construct a communication in parables.  Each work represented has a specific story to tell and it requires an abstract mind, unlike representational works, which D. W. Kern feels competes with God and his miraculous creations.

If I want to see a field, a hill, or a seascape, I would buy or rent a home with such a view and open the window!  There really is no better way to experience God’s greatest gifts, and to recreate them on canvas only serves to remind me of how untalented and insignificant I am.  Being very sensitive to my surroundings, I could only do an injustice and insult God by trying to make a tree, a horse, or a person as if I could do a better job.  Given the human limitations I have, there is not much damage I can do by combining colors and elements while remaining in the conscious presence of my Maker.  When I am in that state, I do not have fear or even the slightest trepidation, which lends a special truth to my finished communications.  A painting can take several months to complete combining radical textures and multiple layers of color, resin, glazes, and powders.

The framing, hanging and lighting (or installation) is essential for the pieces final destination and this allows for other artists to be involved in the process because it just isn’t any fun being the only one involved.