The central theme of my paintings is about finding a personal sense order in a confusing, chaotic, and meaningless world.
The lead players of these paintings, naively, and in the moral clarity of youth, yearn for a state of perfection. In seeking for it, they come to the boundaries of mortality. Such an ideal state is not of this world, though it can be glimpsed by the mind, as if across a chasm.
The paintings are made with oil paint, and the drawings are done in charcoal.
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In this painting the protagonist encounters the afterlife, made of memories and unfulfilled desires. Though she can see it, she is physically blocked from entering that other world.
This painting took 3 months to finish. I was working on it when my son was being born, and I see a lot of the emotions I was feeling at that time in the painting - fear, uncertainty, discovery, and excitement.
The meaning here is that in the midst of great uncertainty, we get on with our lives, get married, and have children. Tragedy can strike at anytime, though it's better not to think about it. The fact is that simply getting on with life is a very courageous thing to do.
I had done a quick pencil sketch of this scene during a trip to England. The sketch captured the emotion and romance I felt for the countyside there. I know why it's the birthplace of so many fairytales.
Water is rich with meaning - as the source of life, underwater as a symbol of the unconscious, things emerging from water start so many myths. But water can also be sewage, and carry disease. Some of that duality is in this painting.
I often feel cut off from the rest of the world.
From my car I saw a girl waiting at a bus stop. That was all it took to be inspired to make this drawing. I wish it was always so easy.
This girl is at home in this overgrown, dilapidated place in the night time. Who is she? Where is she from? What is her relationship with the viewer? These were the questions that interested me.
This painting is about making choices. They can have profound, life-long consequences, yet we have very little information with which to make a decision. It's usually a leap of faith.