PD: I’ve been painting for nearly twenty years now, primarily because it is one of the few things that cheer me up, as I tend to be either depressed or riddled with some sort of anxiety the rest of the time. While I work in a variety of styles/mediums, I think my two main categories would be: Political/Angry/Sarcastic and NOT Political/Angry/Sarcastic.
I prefer the latter, as well as the state of mind accompanying it. I feel that feeding the good thoughts is a much more beneficial sort of thing for myself and humanity in general than feeding the bad thoughts….
SAHC: Can you give us a brief description of your creative process?
PD: I believe a great portion of my creative process is dietary. Generally I wake up, make coffee, have a few cups, a few cigarettes. I do a little writing to clear my head, maybe jot down the previous night’s dreams; turn on some music, check the Facebook account. Rarely do I have any idea in my head when I start painting, except for the political stuff. Generally I like to empty it of any thought whatsoever other than, perhaps, the acknowledgement to myself that I’ve just heard a great new song on the radio, or find myself feeling a sudden appreciation for an old one, however fleeting or temporary such a thing might be. It is likely that I spent the previous night going to sleep to either a radio news station, the late night show “Coast to Coast,” or whatever happens to be on the RT channel, after attempting to read a book for awhile. Maybe something by Philip K. Dick, or Hermann Hesse; the last book I opened was “Alice in Wonderland.”
In any case, it is now time to forget whatever I’ve absorbed since last painting. It inevitably leaks out though. Or in, rather; aspects of this dream, that news item…. Still, once I start working it’s more a journey than anything. Where I am going is not so important as the fact I am moving, intuitively, in the right direction. Generally at some point I reach a fork in the road, or a “Hmm point.” Usually the Hmm Point is a good time to start drinking. I enjoy ales, pilsner, the occasional rum and coke. Often this is accompanied by some sort of lunch, usually leftovers from the previous night’s dinner; preferably something with organic ingredients and quality meats. I work on a piece until the Hmm Point doesn’t go away, or until I’m finished, whichever comes first. I do not allow myself to sit and stare at a given piece for more than two days. Generally when this happens I take it down, put it to the side and start a new one. Perhaps I will come back to it later, perhaps not. Sometimes I finish five pieces in a day, sometimes one every two weeks….
SAHC: As a Sacramento artist what responsibilities do you believe that you have to the local and the global community?
PD: I think the only responsibility of an artist anywhere is to continue to evolve creatively, spiritually and intellectually, and to do one’s best to heed the Golden Rule….
SAHC: What advice do you have for emerging artists, or those pursuing a career in the arts?
PD: Take care of your health. Eat right, exercise….
SAHC: Who are some of your favorite Sacramento Artists, and why?
PD: I like Cherylin Naughton’s work a lot. She channels a very healing sort of energy both psychically and politically into amazing work that seems to be a kind of language all it’s own.
SAHC: Where are some of your favorite Art/ Art History resources found?
PD: Pretty much museums and the public library; that and artist Jim Mansfield.
SAHC: Is there anything else about the arts here in Sacramento that you would like share with our reader?
PD: I think the arts are more important now than ever. People need to feed what moves them, what they enjoy, in a tangible manner which seems to require an increasing amount of effort, what with all the craziness going on in the world and what have you…
SAHC: Where can your work be viewed, or found online?
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