Below are answers to frequently asked art related questions. For other questions you may have I shall be pleased to provide responses.
Q: What kind of art do you do?
A: I am involved in many art forms. I paint, draw, sculpt in clay and stone, write poetry, compose music and engage in theatrical arts. My primary focus is painting in oils. I paint from imagination and the art that emerges is mainly an expression of nature, sometimes including figurative images. I refer to my art as expressionist since I try to capture the spirit or essence of the images that emerge as I follow the shapes that appear as I paint. In other words, I attempt to capture the deeper reality behind the surface. I attempt to seek simplicity in the expression of my work.
Q: How long does it take you to do a painting?
A: I make the last mark on a painting when I am satisfied that it is complete. I have completed paintings in as little as one hour while others of similar size have taken as long as one month or more. A second dimension to the question is that on occasion I abandon the work until I feel inspired to continue, meaning that some paintings have taken up to a year for completion. It essentially depends whether I am satisfied with the work. I have been pleased in the evening and dissatisfied on viewing the painting the next morning, at which time I may either eliminate parts of it or remove it in its entirety and make a fresh start.
Q: What does this painting mean?
A: I follow Picasso who said "When I make the last mark on a painting it no longer belongs to me, it belongs to the viewer". Therefore the image is whatever you want it to be. It contains only what you see in it. My paintings are imaginary works so that I do not know what will happen when I start to paint. For example. a landscape is not a representation of any specific place, nor does it contain the colors or forms of a place. The shapes and colors of all I create emerge as I go along.
Q: What were you thinking when you did this painting?
A: One of the great gifts I find in creating is that it allows me to remove thoughts from my mind. Thoughts run rampant in our brain and clutter it with noise. I find that creating stills the mind. I see it as a form of meditation and a voyage into the non-self. My thoughts as I paint are directed solely at what to touch next, what to modify or what to change so that I may reach deeper in the search for my innermost reality.
Q: Where do you do your painting, indoors or outdoors?
A: I do both but paint indoors primarily because I reproduce what is inside me, not what is on the outside. Wherever I paint I occupy a space that gives me a sensation of being a part of all space, not a limited place in space. I do not concentrate on where I am but rather am oblivious to it since I am solely occupied by the excitement of what I see emerging in front of me. This delivers a sensation of being connected with the all of the universe.