I'm not so sure I stay connected to my youth through my paintings or that they keep me "forever young", but I do like to try and capture the feeling of wonder I got from when I was a boy watching those atomic age sci-fi and horror films. If anything, the act of painting keeps me grounded and maybe has a kind of "Rip Van Winkle effect". Time seems to stop, when I'm working on my pieces. I feel like I should always try and have a healthy, almost playful, enthusiasm about making my paintings and I hope some of that translates to the people viewing the work at exhibitions.
This art-making is a tricky business.