Everything I have ever done is grounded in drawing. I consider my 2013 work
to be my creative breakthrough moment, the culmination of a lifetime of quiet research and development.
this new series I have found the right balance of line weight, color, composition, scale, message and subject.
The sources of inspiration are wide ranging: evolution, predation in nature, Ray Harryhausen, extinction, my cats, the
Asian girl, the love of the Asian girl, my victory over depression and brush with suicide, my razor sharp wit, and good
old fashioned light and shadow.
I have fallen in love with acrylic paints after using oils
for many years, and I sometimes like to work on the backside of sized canvas because it has the color and feel of the
manila paper I used to draw on as a child. Lately I have been taking old "finished" paintings, some 8
years old, like the one above, off the storage rack and messing with them. This has been a
lot of fun and the final result is often unexpected.
Ray Harryhausen has always been the man for me,
and I've been drawing his Cyclops from "The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad" (among other creatures from his other films) pretty
much since I was old enough to draw representationally. In June 2013 I sent Ray an email with a few jpegs to
thank him and to show him what I do but as luck would have it he died the next week.
that I now occupy has been a game changer, giving me the freedom to work on at least 30
large paintings at once in a maze-like arrangement of movable walls that best suits my creative process. Since
I have the space, I have discovered the liberating experience of also working on the floor, where gravity
is now my friend.