I find the source and inspiration for my art in the things I see in the real world, the things I see in my imagination, and the things I dream. I feel and remember them in my body. Making art is most exciting when I work from three dimensional real life; a model, a still life, a landscape, an interior. Visual reality doesn’t bind me. I find the poetic image in my heart, sometimes poignant or impossible, curious or exciting, humorous or tragic. Frequently, I choose to distort or alter the image I am viewing to emphasize spatial relationships, to increase aesthetic interest or to dramatize emotions. I also work from photographs, images I find in on the internet, or in books, magazines and newspapers, sometimes images that I have photographed. Usually I combine images from various sources to create a composition on canvas. I also work from memory, a more difficult process because my memories are impressions rather than complete pictures. I usually fail to notice the details. So when I paint my imagination fills the canvas. My mind’s eye is the cauldron where I cook the composition of forms and lines, and spice it with light, shadow and color. Psychologically, my most profound paintings usually originate and develop from responding to paint I’ve smeared randomly on the canvas. The brush strokes suggest images that reveal themselves to me in fuller and fuller detail as I paint.
I show a painting like a chef serves up a meal, with the hope that my work will satisfy the guests’ appetites and delight their senses.