My goal is to transport the viewer into the world of the painting -- and yet that viewer always remains aware my hand wielded the brush.
To me, a good painting provides an alternative moment of perception, a sudden strangeness or an intense familiarity that the viewer instantly feels but could not have otherwise articulated. Gary Faigin, in his commentary on the Purposeful Surfaces show, said I was like the old expeditionary painters in my awe and excitment at the discovery of my subject matter.
I become obsessed with the source of an image, and repeat it 2, 3, 6 times and more; I wake up at night thinking about it and occasionally get up to paint all night. I carry my paints to many locations: bundled against ravening mosquitos at 9000 feet in the Sierras, painting Ragged Ridge, drawing on the Granite Glacier in the Canadian Selkirks, skis still on, and standing in mucky tideflats to paint the industrial waterfront.