I refer to my work as Organic Expressionism. Almost all of my work is created in Photoshop and a typical painting will contain 20 - 30 layers — sometimes as many as a hundred — each succeeding layer blended with whatever mode strikes me as matching what I see in my mind's eye. I often will snatch a piece of a photograph and use it to prepare my canvas in a way that completely obliterates the image and leaves just an organic trace of the original pixels. I call it Digital Gesso. Building layer upon layer, using the myriad of tools in Photoshop, from brushes to filters to layer masks to channel selections, I create texture, color, and form.
My paintings have grown in size as my Macs have grown in capabilities and specs. These days, they will be a minimum of 4 ft in the shortest dimension. If you do the math, it works out to some big-ass files — 2 to 12 gigabytes. And, so, I am constantly pushing back the limitations of my hardware just so I can work on a painting. As a result, I usually start with smaller files, where filters have the most effect and brush strokes are in real time and not executed over 20 - 30 seconds.
My purpose is not to convey a message but, rather, to engage the viewer's mind so that they create their own message, their own meaning. For me, the art is not the ink on paper or canvas, or pixels on a computer display; the art is in creating a series of synaptic events that lead the mind to softly say aloud, "Oh, wow. . . ." I want people to walk away from my work having been forced, if you will, to think. That thought, whatever it may be, is my art.