"Painting is the way I communicate and speak my thoughts."

I'm a painter who likes to tell stories, design and experiment. My paintings are generally figurative mixed with elements of fantasy. In other words..."Magic Realism". It's a good way for me to tell stories because there's nothing to limit my imagination.

Because I'm a designer as well as a painter I don't limit myself to just stories. But when I'm inspired to tell one...I use a technique that I call the "Major Minor Principle".

It's kind of a fun way of setting up a painting. Here are my thoughts on this principle. The "Major" notes in music are generally uplifting while "Minor" notes create tension. I apply that same principle to my paintings. It’s the dichotomy between what's comforting and what's tense. It’s a tool that I use that helps me to understand what I choose to say with my art. It's the same principle as a protagonist and antagonist in a book or movie. 

I don't always consciously think about this concept when I'm painting but from the start of a painting and along the way I'll check in with this thinking to see how I'm progressing.

An example of “Major Minor” thinking is my painting titled “Resolution Rock”. The tension of the rain and lighting leads to the calm pool below. All ends well on a “Major” note.

An example of “Major” only thinking is my painting titled “Contemplating the important things in life” which depicts a dog focused on a ball. It's all about finding the true essence of what is important in life. To the dog it's his ball.

Painting is the way I communicate and speak my thoughts. And I use "Major Minor" thinking to express and compose those thoughts on my canvas.

PA Margis