I call this painting, Conversations. The idea came to me when we were camping at the big meadow at 8000 feet in the Sierras. I was sitting on a rock, a lot of trees around me, and they were whispering, and it was a little gusty, and so it started sounding like conversations, like they were talking to each other. So I came home and made some sketches, there’s a lot of magic in the wilderness, so I brought it into civilization instead of the wilderness. At the tops of all the trees there are hidden faces, and they’re all talking to each other. There are faces and people in the clouds, but you kind of have to look for everything, I don’t make things too obvious as a rule.
This is painted on Masonite, its 24 by 30 (inches), I did in oils, of course, very few things I do in acrylic. I painted this in about 1990, it was a fun painting, I hope other people can enjoy it, but a lot of people just glance at it and never try to see what’s in it. But those who study it, and look at it, there’s a little adventure in each one.
All my paintings, or most of them, have come in visions, sort of. They only last a few seconds, but they’re so vivid and they're so intense that they sort of indelible memory. Sometimes I can carry an idea for a painting, very lucidly, for years, as happened with Reach, we’ll get into that later.