TREAT LYON Statement
I make art because I must.
It's a cellular need. It's a compulsion,
an addiction, a Beingness I cannot - and will not - deny.
Images dwell within me getting fat and
juicy until they just simply will not allow me to sit on them
one more minute. Many many nights I'll wake up with designs in
my head, all clamoring to come out at once, and I'll have to
get up and draw furiously till they're out and happy.
When I was very young, I made a pact with
myself not to do any artwork that depicts pain and suffering
- why paint that when we see so much of it all around us, every
What I wanted to see and surround myself
with was expressions of the feeling I had in my heart about how
I felt it could be, and really is, on levels we don't normally
think about or have visual access to during the glaring light
I intend my work to do with joy, celebration,
and the great, incredible depths of the invisible world that
we inhabit, that inhabits us, and that swirls in un-namable curling,
flowing eddies in and all around us all the time.
Mood, emotion, feeling and the underlying
spirit - this is what I love.
And rather than anatomical correctness,
I see bodies as fluid and constantly changing in form and motion
- I leave the anatomically perfect drawings and realistic renderings
to those who are much better at them than I.
I prefer strange color combinations and
exaggerated bodies and movement to depict emotion. The motion
of the body; the expression of the heart; the glory of color;
the voices of joy and wonder and connection with each other;
the unity we each have with Spirit: these are the things that
matter to me, that I draw, paint, and carve.
The older I get the looser my work seems
to become. My hand flies, and my mind feels alive and connected
to some amazing, enormous, endless source. I'm delighted with
this work, no matter the medium - it makes me happy. I appreciate