Questions are generally more interesting than answers. So I paint to raise questions. Depth comes from wonder. There is no deep message in my work, but if the viewer gets lost in it, well, that is kind of the point.
I often start with a very loose idea and try not to think too hard about it. I will start painting knowing that any notions of the final image might be sacrificed for the sake of he end result. This not about rendering an idea. This is about evolving an image. I guide it in a direction but it guides me as well. The process is a relationship of sorts.
Realism, abstraction, chaos, sensuality, darkness, form, texture, rhythm are just a few of the elements that run through my mind while making an image.
Well rendered art for the sake of rendering approaches pointlessness. I think pure self-expression in art is arrogant. Polar opposites in art. I mention this because I find myself guided by thoughts of what not to do. It pushes me toward the center of these extremes. Somewhere in the middle lies the most interesting work.
The pursuit, the wonder, the challenge, the exploration, the mystery, the questions.. this is why I am an artist. If one day it all made sense to me, that would be the worst day of my life.