When I begin a painting, I have no idea what it will become. I’m an advocate of Jasper John’s dictum about painting - “Do something, do something to that, and then do something to that.” I make a mark, and then another and another and at some point these marks suggest what direction the painting should take. I’m looking to be surprised.
Each painting develops over a long period of time. The imagery is the result of many things; world events, social issues, art/history, pop culture, literature, films, personal symbolism, something I’ve seen or experienced first hand. I’m on the lookout to find unexpected associations that may seem random, strange, exaggerated - but within the framework of the painting have an internal visual logic.
I don’t trust and won’t show a work until it has sufficiently marinated, morphed, disintegrated and reincarnated through an extended amount of trial, error, addition, subtraction, disruption and revision. In the end, I’m searching for subjects and compositions that could be snapshots from some enigmatic and mysterious dream world. And with that, I’ll just say Goodnight!