Some of the scenes in your paintings have a surreal, spiritual quality and others are so real they’re almost mundane. Can you talk about that dichotomy?
Ouch. Good question. Honestly, I’m still trying to answer that one myself. I know that I do it, and I hope that my work is cohesive, but I really couldn’t tell you why some paintings are so surreal and some are the exact opposite. I could give you some BS reason or use the typical artist out: “What do you think it means?” I’m not going to do that. The truth is that I could explain all of my choices, but only for the individual paintings. A lot of my ideas are with a conscious series in mind, but there is definitely a split here. I hope that as a series the split makes sense, but I’m still struggling with that answer myself.
Maybe it’s just that my emotions and personality are so extreme that it shows in the work. There is no middle ground between the two sides of my art. At least, I can say that even my subtle paintings are full of symbolism. Don’t let the fact that the symbolism isn’t in your face fool you; it’s there. But life is like that isn’t it? It hits you in the face at one moment; and the later it gives you subtle hints that hopefully you’ll pick up, but it usually only happens too late.