My mind is not quiet and content. It is a deep sea of self-doubt and criticism, with life-long currents of major depression and anxiety. In nature I find spiritual peace. Some people love animals; I do not. I love plants. Their beauty never fails to touch me and I bring this love into my work.
The deep undercurrent of my work is the shifting nature of "reality". What is real? How does one know? I love these questions. I'm curious. After love, my favorite state is curiosity. I like to venture out of my ordinary reality. Encountering new worlds, new understandings, interpretations, and experiences brings a sense of scared excitement, and I like that.
My favorite quote is the last line from "Memoirs of Hadrian" by Marguerite Yourcenar -- As Emperor Hadrian lies on his deathbed, he says to himself, "Let us try, if we can, to enter into death with open eyes." That is how I intend to live my life, and that is the spirit I aim to infuse into my art. I want to provoke people into wonder, curiosity and surprise, because this is the most alive we can be.