Light. That’s what it’s all about for me. Light lifts my spirits and makes me want to record the moment so I can savor it, and share it. I photograph and paint a variety of interesting subjects – people, animals, carnival rides, foliage – but really, I’d paint a garbage can if the light fell on it the right way. I get excited by the way a shadow drifts across a sidewalk, or how back-light wraps around hard edges and creates a soft orange halo. I’m awed by how flesh – an ear, for example – glows with a fiery red translucence when the sun shines through it. Colored lights on a stage, ornate bulbs on a carousel, fireflies on a June night, or a hot air balloon glow at dawn – those are the things that compel me to get out my camera or brushes.
My current project is called State Fair, USA. This series of paintings – and eventual book – are a tribute to the traditions of the American agricultural fair. I’m painting everything from carnival rides to livestock, and everything in between. Deep fried Twinkie, anyone?