I paint because I have a strong desire to express in paint the images that arise in my mind. There is usually some emotion associated with them. Sometimes a section of a photo or something I see gives me an idea that I want to combine and bring together as a visual statement.
My method of painting is exacting but loose. When the work goes well, I feel elated, like all is right with the world. Sometimes it takes considerable effort to make the image on canvas duplicate the image in my mind and to express what I felt when the image first came to me. That can be frustrating, and I deal with it by taking a break and resuming later in a more deliberate manner.
I love the brush – dabbing it around to create an image or sensation. I don’t have a favorite subject, per se, but the subjects I favor come from the strongest feelings I have about the images: their form, function, or what feeling they portray. That is, I don’t paint a house merely for the aesthetics of the house, but because it is a certain type of house: a spooky house or a comforting home. When I paint animals and birds, it is done for both the beauty of the animal and the sense of love and warmth I feel when I think of them.
Although my favorite colors are those of Autumn, I choose my paint colors to best portray what I’m feeling about my subject and to emphasize parts of the composition. I know when my paintings are finished on a subjective level; if I look at a painting and it reflects back at me the image and feeling I first envisioned, then my painting is done. Sometimes I go back to a painting that I had originally deemed complete and rework it because something does not seem “right”, usually when the technical application of paint somehow falls short, in that the technique does not meld with the feeling. For example, I may go back and rework with oils a painting of an expressive face that was originally done in acrylics.
When people look at my work, I would like them to experience the same feelings that I felt when I first saw the image or thought of it. But most of all, I feel elated when someone looks at one of my paintings and finds something about it that really attracts them or moves them.