Los Angeles Heights
“When I come across a subject matter worthy of painting it is like falling in love for the first time. It sweeps me off my feet and I want to find a way to immortalize that moment for all time, creating something that will communicate that feeling to someone else. For me, that experience comes most often from antique cars, particularly the 1950s models.
To recreate this experience, you would have to play the song ‘Walk Like a Man’ or ‘Sherry’ by The Four Seasons band while you walk around an antique car show. For a poor kid who saw everything in technicolor, that was the experience of a lifetime, like a carnival or a school dance, and I never wanted it to end.
The sweeping curve of their exterior is like a sculpture, and I am fascinated with the way they bend and curve light—especially when that surface is chrome or Bakelite. It is a dance of visual poetry.
I am usually surprised that what I start out painting changes and evolves into something much more interesting than I anticipated. It is like raising a child and watching him grow with all those unexpected moments of bliss and delight. After I’m finished I think, ‘Wow, where did that come from?'”