- ART QA Magazine – Live Extended Interview
Q: Where are you going next with your art?
A: Forward. I’ll know it once I’m there.
Q: What is your work about, is there a particular meaning you want people to get?
A: No. No particular or single meaning. My work is about everything, life itself. It’s philosophy, alchemy and spiritual all at once. I explore that with my work. But I don’t see these things (subjects) as separate, as single categories with clear divisions, but rather I see alchemy (science), sex and the spiritual as one thing, the same thing. Aspects of the whole.
Q: How are people to understand a work of art? When they see an artwork how do they know if it’s good or not or they like it or not?
A: Either you see an artwork and it moves you in some way or not. You either get the piece or you don’t. That’s it.
Q: It seems that you have a strong understanding of color, what does color mean to you?
A: Color is beauty. For me each color has a vibration, and that vibration, like sound and light can heal and balance. So my use of color is to create a balance and flow.
Q: Do you see light in the same way, having this vibration?
A: Yes. Light is the same, color comes from light, so being that, light has it and that’s science or alchemy, that’s well known.
Q: You have a coffee table book of Helmut Newton, is he one of your favorite artist or influences?
A: I love that book, its done well. I have respect for his work because its clear and strong and very him. However, he’s not really an artistic influence for me.
Q: Who are some of your influences or artists you like?
A: I have many influences, everything from food to music have influenced me at some point or another. Some visual artists that I’ve always liked are Rubens, Ancient Art, Ancient Egyptian (Kemetic) Art, Dali, Zao Wou-ki, Rembrandt, Heinrich Lossow, Jackson Pollock and Bosch. But other arts have influenced me too, like Miles Davis, Philip Glass, and Duke Ellington.
Q: What attracts you to Photography and Foto-Paintings; these other mediums? Because I believe you consider yourself a painter first and foremost, is that correct?
A: Yes I am a painter first. I use these other mediums simply because some ideas work better or at least have a different feel when done in photography, foto-painting or whatever else. I felt the need to explore those mediums and see what came from them, how they feel and work. I believe its important to stay open to things and see what, if anything they offer.
Q: So will you continue using and creating with these other mediums?
A: At this point my focus is upon making paintings and foto-paintings. I have a few series of photographic artworks, which I’ve started already and will complete, but beyond that I’ll only do paintings. Even now I’m spending almost all my time and energy producing new paintings and some foto-paintings. I’m clear, that my interest in foto-paintings is largely because it merges the two mediums of painting and photography.
Q: How do you work? Do you work on one piece at a time?
A: It depends on the work. I work slowly and always have. My work takes time and can’t be rushed or forced. When I’m painting the Consciousness paintings, I normally work on two or three at the same time. That’s because they take so long to make and there’s always this drying time between stages.
Q: How long do those paintings take to complete?
A: Each of those paintings takes between 3 and 6 months to make. I paint to a point on one and then wait for it to dry and work on another during that time. Back and forth.
Q: How about the foto-paintings and photographs, how long do they take?
A: It depends on the series, but about the same time, 1 to 3 months per image. I’m producing a new Peekaboo series and its been 5 months already and I’m still only in the developing, building stage. It just takes time.
Q: How many artworks do you produce in one year? I know some artist have a set number they aim for each year, is that the case for you?
A: I have no set number, I think that’s silly. I make what I make. In general I complete between 15 and 25 paintings a year. When it comes to foto-paintings or photographs, its closer to 20 to 35 works a year. It all depends on the work itself and what process it needs.
Q: I think your art studio is in your home, how does that work? Is that what you prefer or would you rather have a space somewhere else?
A: Yes my studio is part of my home. As to how it works, carefully. It’s a good size space, but still not all that large. So I have to manage the space as I make work, keeping it neat enough to work and store artworks. I’ve always liked working at home or right near home.