Oil on canvas
36 x 48 inches
"Impact" represents the moment my car hit the center divider of the freeway. At that moment, nothing existed in my world except for my consciousness of an impact--no car, no freeway, nothing but consciousness, violence and impact. The painting conceptualizes that impact in that it forces the viewer's eye to experience a visual collision. The viewer's eye hits the eyeball in the center of the painting, bounces off that eyeball back into the painting and encounters a second impact with the larger eye behind it.
This was a very difficult painting. I struggled for a long time with the center part of the painting. I kept painting and painting and then wiping out all I had just done. Finally, the two eyeballs rushed out of nowhere in a burst of inspiration, and I knew I had it.