I always knew I liked using bright colors in my work and thought that using a psychedelic theme would be a great idea to express that. Before I spent all my four years of art school making representational art thinking that I was never going to go abstract someday—it’s interesting how people’s styles change over time.
In my painting, “Psychedelic Wormhole,” which has the sphere falling through that green, blue, purple, yellow and white colored wormhole, the sphere was originally suppose to be the earth going through a black hole resembling what I imagined might happen on December 21st, 2012, but as I was painting the earth I came to the conclusion that it would make a better sphere-looking-object making the painting abstract. From there one idea kept leading to the next.
My working process starts out in many different ways. Sometimes I start out by making a rough sketch of the image I have in mind and then I copy it onto the canvas. Another process involves making a rough sketch, uploading the image onto Photoshop, playing around with the image adjustments and making that as the main source for my painting. I think it makes a difference to do some rough sketches before starting a piece. In portraiture, it is important to make a bunch of rough sketches of the person from different angles to capture his/her personality and facial structure.