Many see a painting and ask, "What does that mean?" I follow the words of Picasso who said, "When I have made the last mark, the painting no longer belongs to me, it belongs to the viewer."
Many artists have a concept in mind or start with a question they answer through paint and other means. They then send a message in their art for viewers to interpret in whatever way they relate through their own experiences. I hold resolutely to this motto. While it is only the viewer's interpretation that matters, I will deviate from my policy and reveal the question and answer I had in mind for 'Lifecycle I' - Oil 40" x 30". First in a Lifecycle series of 5 paintings.
I asked myself, "What is the most fundamental point about existence and how can I represent an entire lifecycle through existence in the simplest of graphics?" I elected to say, "We enter, we travel a road, we leave." Having said that, every interpretation that any viewer might apply to this piece is the correct one, regardless of my intent or the interpretation of someone else.