Why do I paint? There are other things I can do, and am doing, with my life. But this form of creativity feels right and is habit-forming. And, I paint because I need to paint; there is something inside me clawing to get out.
Of course, there is more to it than that. My paintings are a continuous search to find the meaning from the noise and texture that is built up in layers of under-painting – finding and developing the focal point, like a beacon in the chaotic noise of life. My process requires periods of study and reflection, and, periods of intense application. I believe in balancing outbursts of spontaneity, which bring the painting alive, with deliberate refinements that bring meaning to the mess.
However, it’s not just an intellectual exercise. It’s about the feeling or emotional response you get from looking at the paintings. With my work, I want people to feel they are walking into the paintings and becoming immersed in them. I hope people will let my paintings reach out to them. So much in this life is so distant and disconnected that, if a painting is compelling, if it can elicit a visceral response in a viewer, then it has succeeded.