"Sometimes less is better.”
EW: Why do you make art?
S: Because it comes from my soul and I really can’t do anything else, I mean, not literally, but with my illness I couldn’t do anything involving construction. It’s my life, it’s my business, it’s my passion. I love it, because it makes me happy. I love the arts.
EW: Describe the first moment that you felt like an artist.
S: I think I felt like an artist when I sold my first very large painting. I had sold small pieces and donated art years prior. When I sold my first large painting it was in the early nineties. The person that wanted it, wanted it so bad, but she didn’t have enough money. So, she sold her vehicle in order to buy the painting. That’s when I really felt like an artist and just knew that this is what I was supposed to do. I felt sorry for her because she sold her car, but you know, she really wanted the painting.
EW: Which artist do you admire most and why?
S: Salvador Dali. I admire him most, just because of what he created throughout his life. I love surrealism.
Sometimes less is better. Dali had an amazing way of conveying deep emotions and thought with the use of a simple ant or staff. He was a master at the use of symbolism in his work. In Salvador’s case even in some of his work less was better and I really admire his thought process, his mind. He was a genus.
I also love, John Lennon as an overall artist.
EW: When do you know that your truly in the “creative zone” and why? Like how did you get there?
S: When I feel like I am in a creative zone, it’s obvious. There’s times when I’m off and I’m not in that creative zone. Some people say to me, “well you have to work through it,” and I say, “no, YOU have to work through it.” You know, I’m self-taught so, if I’m not feeling creative, I don’t force it. When I’m on, I’m on. It could be weeks that I’m on and ten days that I’m off. But, I don't mess with it when I’m off, because it’s just not flowing. Right now, before show time, when the stress is on me to produce work I really hit it running. I paint the best when I’m under a little stress. Because, I know it’s has to be done.
EW: Where are you most inspired?
S: Outside. I love painting outside. I just like sitting in my backyard when it’s not to hot or to cold when there’s a slight breeze. That’s my favorite place to be. The lighting is pure when you’re outside.