P.M.W.: I work in series. Sometimes as a continuous narrative, sometimes as a theme, I work in various sizes and mostly with oil paint on oil primed linen either stretched or mounted on board. I sometimes work from observation in preparation and sometimes for the finished painting. I draw a lot before and during the process of making a painting. Larger work requires more work ahead of time including underpainting and color studies.
CFA: What influences your art? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
P.M.W.: I make art because I cannot help it. The poet Stanley Kunitz used to say that being a poet was an affliction. I think so with painting but would add it is a divine way to spend one's life. I am inspired by the long history of painting, music, poetry, and writing.
CFA: What is art? What makes a piece of art great?
P.M.W.: Gadamer said it better than I: The encounter with art belongs within the process of integration given to human life which stands within traditions. Indeed, it is even a question whether the special contemporaneity of the work of art does not consist precisely of this: that it stands open to limitless way to ever new integrations. The creator of the work may intend a particular public of his time, but the real being (my emphasis) of a work is what it.