ER: Do you think your spiritual practice informs you work?
JB: For me the greatest pleasure in my art, that I might not have paid attention to earlier in my life, is the spirit and nature that fills the images. Of course you have to work with form and color – but it is the presence of spirit that comes through.
ER: How do you think your work has evolved over the last decade?
JB: I’ve let go inside. I let it – the art – be more what it wants, not what I want it to be. It’s a mystery and a gift.
ER: At 80, what has shifted for you as an artist?
JB: The goals are to be as present every moment as I can be. I am not orienting “out there”. This presence is across all areas of my life.
ER: Any surprises in the studio?
JB: Gatekeeper was a surprise. It simply came to me.
ER: Your work is bursting with aliveness.
JB: I’m in a pretty good place in my life; I’ve never been “regular” or conventionally “normal”. I am more accepting and content.
ER: How would you like your art to affect an audience?
JB: I love it when people comment: “look at all this color” and “how radiant”!
ER: Tell me about one of the paintings..
JB: Opening to the Light: I love that sense – I’ve always wanted to know how I began and became who I am.
ER: Any last comments?
JB: This is my best show. In the past I have been critical. This show I am content, I felt “I did it” and it is meaningful.