Watercolor – The word “palimpsest” refers to several layers below the surface of something, and it’s in this sense that I have used it as the title for this painting. Is the woman aware of the jacket and the suitcase in the room and the snow piling up? How will she react when (or if) she turns around? (This image is also available as a digital print.)
After many years of painting landscapes and city scenes, curiosity drew me towards the vivid images of my dreams. I was aware of the works of Joan Miró, Max Ernst, Dalí and Paul Delveaux, but only gradually realized that the images that arose in my own sleep were just as worthy of being painted as the scenes I observed during my waking hours. They are formidable challenges to paint, and if I were confined to painting either the waking or sleeping aspects of life, I would paint dreams.