My work is a form of sun worship.
Over and over, I find myself painting or drawing the solar-creative force. The images in my work are based on the sun, creativity, and jazz, as well as some private mythology. Landscapes, sunflowers and birds (little suns) are common subjects.
I favor emotion and strong color (expressionism), and I represent objects with varying levels of abstraction. I make no attempt at realism.
I start with a loose sketch and try to fix in my mind the emotion that is generating the impulse. I then brainstorm titles so that I can understand what I’m painting from a linguistic angle, and then work and rework compositions in the studio until I feel the work is done.
The “why” of my work is simple. I create art because I’m hard-wired to do so. Creating is both a necessity and a form of Zen practice for me.