How did you first discover your love for painting?
1. Little did I know, I had it in me; it all began when I started managing a small art gallery in Maryland in the early nineties. I began to study the artwork that came through the gallery, some fantastic and some mediocre, and I thought maybe I should try. I started doodling in my office and discovered I had something going....at that point, I went back to school to study fine art. In retrospect, I began realizing how good I was at drawing growing up.
Take us through the process of what painting feels like for you.
2. To this day when I begin a painting, I feel as if I am a beginner. I always start with a study, like most artists and the study being the actual work be it on canvas or whatever medium it may be. I draw the sketch with charcoal first and proceed. This is basically the base of the artwork but as far as the composition, things may shift as I go along. My subject matter maybe something from the mind (mostly from childhood memory) or from a photo, I hardly paint live even though I have done it few times .....that's not my cup of tea.
Once I get to the paint and brush, certain power takes over. The initial period is the period where I encounter certain obstacles. Always having known these encounters I tend not to give up since back in my head I know I'd overcome them....it's like a child trying to play the guitar and nothing comes too easy and thus the frustration. One that brief period passes by, the fun begins. I start like an amateur and finish like a pro. The process is phenomenal especially once I start to see that light at the end of the tunnel.
If you suddenly were unable to paint how would that affect your life, what would change?
3. If suddenly I weren't able to paint I'd feel as if I have lost both my eyes, just like losing my left fingers and not being able to play the guitar. I have been quoted as saying "Through the use of bold colors the real world I see becomes my world on canvas" that's truly how I feel about it and you can imagine.
Why do you think it's hard for so many of us to surrender and "get lost" in something that brings us joy and inner peace?
4. It gets hard to surrender because human nature kicks in and the thought of getting lost scares the hell out of us. Imagine a tunnel that you most likely feel claustrophobic in. A tiny tunnel. This particular tunnel gives you joy if you explore it but you do not know unless you try it. For this reason, it could be hit or miss and evidently the ones who hit it tend to be in the minority.