Painting is religion to me. It is pure bliss. It is how I commune with the spirits. The sensual act of painting in oil is one of balancing truly being able to see, while giving form to that which is unseen. I spend quality time with a painting, developing a relationship with the work over a period of weeks, sometimes months. I build up layers, scrape away, glaze over with transparencies, add more opaque paint with brushes and other tools... Until the painting itself tells me, "I'm done." The song is complete, but there are always many more to compose.
Creating art has always been a means of story-telling about my life, dreams, and visions, as well as my observations of, and thoughts about, the world. I process things visually. My natural inclination is to play with mixed realities, and much of my work contains a gritty magical realism. These animal paintings are metaphorical and allegorical narratives. They have their own stories to tell, and in doing so, help to translate mine.