I’m not always sure. I work impulsively much of the time. Harry Ally once summed up the artistic impulse with a statement he made to my figure drawing class: "When I see a blank piece of paper in front of me, I just feel the need to violate it!" It sounds a little disturbing, but there is so much truth in it. Making marks, dragging a charcoal stick across creamy ivory paper, smearing paint onto a pure white canvas, it is an indescribable release, a primal experience. For some of us it is an impulse we cannot ignore, no matter how much we try. My influences are numerous. I’ve stolen from many artists: Richard Deibenkorn, Larry Rivers, Susan Rothenberg, David Salle, Salvador Dali to name a few. My work is a blend of Expressionism and Surrealism. The subjects are whimsical, sometimes melancholic in nature. Never being a fan of the real world, I like to step away from it when I am in my studio. Although, upon reflection, the work created the last few years is autobiographical of the happenings of my life in many ways. It was certainly not intentional. Edward Hopper said, "If I you could say the words there would be no reason to paint". My skills in articulation only go so far. Sometimes, other forms of communication are necessary. Art is a wonderful way to show the inner workings of your mind. “This is what I think! This is how I feel! This is what I know! This is what I like! I have purged it from my system and now it is out there in the world making a statement for everyone to see!” The artist can throw their thoughts and beliefs into the audiences’ faces whether they wish to see it or not. And therefore, here it is. These are my inner workings, thoughts and obsessions.I hope there is a connection between us, that we can be both. If not, enjoy your mockery, I still win.