My oil and acrylic paintings take anywhere from 3-12 months. Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe once said "God is in the details." In my work, the details are often painted with a 20/0 brush, and are vital to maximize psychological impact. In addition, I employ a time-consuming Renaissance glazing technique in my work. In this process, thin layers of transparent paint are applied to the surface of a painting. The darkest areas of the painting could have as many as 30 glazes on them. This technique creates the illusion that the lightest areas of the paintings are glowing, or giving off light. This is because light rays go through the transparent layers, hit the white of the gessoed canvas, and bounce back out at the viewer.
The light in the image carries content. Some areas have many layers of dark glazes, and this is a perceptual as well as psychological "pushing back" of the objects and what they represent This process replicates night vision, where the longer you look, the more you see. In this age of ever-shortening attention spans, I like to reward people for standing there and taking the time to really look.
I feel that the dedication and investment of time involved in my work is a defiant act in the age I find myself living in. I have never done assembly line paintings: I don't get an idea, then make 20 variations on it so that I will have a "series". Each painting is a full blown love affair, not an infatuation, and they are hard to give up. People often look at my work when it is half completed, and say "it's done, right?...what else could you do to it?" I don't stop working on a painting until there is nothing that I could possibly do to make it more powerful or more resonant.