This painting by Mondrian was a huge influence on my evolution of my image (right), Trees Squared. The use of squares to create movement, the pulsing life, and the the varied colors all found their way undulating through my subconscious as I made it. In Mondrian’s piece and piece and my own, the circulation of the life in both the city and in nature as represented by the tree and my showing the vitality pulsing beneath the bark are captured. My organic picture however uses organic lines; the Mondrian masterpiece uses the geometry of architecture.
It is fascinating and endlessly inspiration to me to note the overlay of images I have as an artist as my images emerge. The references that I become aware of, and the many that remain in my subconscious have a huge impact on my art, although none of them were consciously selected. I guess that I could here assert that ‘art is plagiarism’ but I can also assert that, in a reverse syllogism, that “plagiarism is NOT art”.