I chose this to be the first featured work because it represents a very important creative turning point for me. It was not only the very first directly based on an (incredibly odd) dream I had, but also was the first of a series of work in a particular abstract style – cartoony, somewhat surreal, and rich color palette of jeweltones. And if memory serves, I think it may also have been the first time I had the pleasure of using Liquitex acrylics (up until then, I had been using a random assortment of leser-known brands.)
I wish I could tell you exactly what this piece portrays, but it’s always been a mystery, even to myself. A lot of my work is like that – no particular subjct matter or “meaning”. Shapes and figures pulled directly from my subconscious, in this case. I remember waking up and immediately fumbling for my sketchbook, where I quickly fleshed out the shapes in my head, before I forgot what they were. I knew it was vitally important to get it down as accurately as possible. It was a magical moment for me.