How do you know when a painting is done?
It just feels right. You know, it’s talking to you as you’re working.
Do you have any pre-painting rituals?
Yes. Usually, I’ll put on music, but just for one minute, I’ll take a moment to close my eyes and zen. I probably sound like a weirdo, but I’ll just take a moment to find the center -- just like everybody, everybody has so much going on, and you’ll be stirring just from your day, and I want to slow that pot. Whatever is going into my art, that’s my heart, and I don’t want anything else going on. I’ll take the moment to blank out. It’s just a second though, and then it’s over.
Where do you draw inspiration when you select color palettes?
From the subject of my painting itself. What makes sense to me and also whatever is tickling my pickle that day. It doesn’t always have to be the correct color of a bunny -- if I want to make it blue, i’ll just make it blue -- it all comes from my weird brain. It would be multiple avenues, nothing particular. Often it’s nature but barring that, it has become the stranger/danger place that is my imagination.
You often use a lot of book pages and literature in you work. How important are those words with your imagery or how much do you consider the words when approaching a painting?
I always like to match it up. I do my piece, and then I match it up.
When I read a book, I include that book -- especially if I’ve had it for years and if I’ve read it several times -- each time I read it, at different points in my life, it’ll have a different meaning to me.
Like when I read a piece of literature at 16 it meant something different when I was 21 and it meant something completely different at 31. Then I take that book I had when I was 16 and I rip out the pages, it’s like a piece of me that I’m including in that particular art piece, and I’m doing it for a specific reason because it’s thematic to that piece. Whomever is viewing it is also reading snippets from those pages, if they read that book then they’re remembering how they felt when they read it. They might have had some of the same feelings I had. It’s like being pulled back into that piece both with the literature and the artwork. It’s like a chain of events for me, like I’m sharing my favorite book in an nontraditional way.