I want to say, “Go back and look at the works, don't read this.” But you are here, let me try to say something. The problem is that writing is so different from visual experience. What I "say" or "write" about my work might confine it in ways I would rather allow to remain ambiguous.
My art develops intuitively, but with an eye on the art I have looked at and studied since I was a child. The process of creating the work is important to me. Sometimes I use an idea (or even a photograph) as the point of departure, but once I get into the work, it takes on a life of its own, and, suddenly, I am exploring visual memories, inventing new experiences and, basically, having a good time.
It doesn’t matter what I do first or second. Slap on paint with a palette knife, make a charcoal smear – whatever the beginning, I trust I will know when the end is reached. That can take time. I’ve re-worked paintings that were over ten years old, but for me that was not starting over or destroying anything – it was a continuation of non-verbal thought, getting on with a dormant process. For me, the artworks are, in some deep sense, alive.
My inspiration rests in the various styles of expressionism that have arisen since the turn of the twentieth century. I am not trying to invent a new language, but to give form to my own personal visions (or nightmares). I see whimsy everywhere.
My sensibility is guided by studies in anthropology, and I see the artist in our society as a last vestige of the shaman that once taught people that, to paraphrase Hamlet, there are more things in heaven and earth than is taught in our philosophies. If we lose all mystery to science and scrutinize wonder out of existence, what will we become?
Creative expressions such as visual art, music and writing are all we have left of the magical thinking that used to characterize human thought. Even as science deepens our understanding of the biological heritage shared by all life, art reveals that it is the capacity for imaginative thought that distinguishes the human animal.