In your bio you explain that your art is an expression of your subconscious mind. Are you ever shocked or surprised at what you create?
I wouldn't say that I was necessarily surprised by what I create because I am so involved in the process that it all seems "normal" to me, and I often forget that what I do may seem too bizarre or disturbing for others. However, quite often layers of meaning are revealed as time goes on that were not at first apparent in my work, sometimes pointed out to me by other people. This is rather surprising in a very pleasant sort of way--kind of like finding treasure or recovering some precious object you had thought hopelessly lost. It illustrates in a very concrete way how the personal and collective unconscious communicate through images.
For centuries, artists have painted and drawn Tarot Cards. Why did you choose to render the Tarot Series digitally?
Digital art is a brand-new medium with vast uncharted potential. At the time I found this sense of exploration very exciting and still do. I wanted to use the process of getting out of the way and seeing what my subconscious would bring up and create images that diverged from the well-known Rider-Waite deck. There is an immediacy to digital collage that allows me to arrange and re-arrange images in a very fluid way.
In Intimate Archetypes you make some visual connections that contradict traditional archetypes. Do the personas that you chose to illustrate have special meaning to you?
Actually, I gave this group of images, which were meant to serve as an illustration portfolio, the name Intimate Archetypes after they were created. I call them this because they are all highly personal images coming from a deep place in my psyche. Even the ones like kali and Ybgillia, which are ancient deities with much imagery built up around them, were created without reference to any previously existing texts, pictures, etc.
What medium do you find enables you to
get images from your head to paper
with a minimum of interference?
Years ago, I was very concerned with craftsmanship and would use techniques that required a lot of slow, painstaking work, often having to redraw the same image several times. Gradually, I became more and more interested in developing ways of working that retained the freshness and immediacy of the first drawing without sacrificing quality. I now combine traditional media such as graphite, ink and colored pencil with digital media and collage and this works quite well for me.