Painting is like a search for myself.
When painting, I do not want to shy away from anything. Perhaps my paintings could be seen as confronting, but its not my intent to deprecate or be overly negative. To me, reality is inherently ambiguous, both negative and positive. I use my paintings to explore such ideas and feelings.
I may make technical mistakes in my paintings, but elect to leave them in and even repeat them. Imperfection is charming to me.
After I have been working on a painting for some time, it starts to feel like the artwork is guiding me in what to do next. That, to me, is one of the greatest joys of painting.
I learn about my own thoughts and ideas through my paintings.
When I speak about some of my ideas and feelings, I have the sense that others often interpret me as negative. I paint, because I can better express myself that way.
Art can be used as a means to trigger a response in people. The longer people look at artworks, the larger the impact will be.