Obviously, in addition to the decision making and the formal considerations I give my work, most, if not all my paintings, involve layers of information and multiple references in their imagery. While I am not a storyteller and don't aspire to be one through my paintings, I could, certainly, relate at least a dozen different stories about each painting.
Sometimes my paintings are of people I know or have known and sometimes they are of people I've invented. And the images that begin as inventions, sometimes mysteriously turn out to be of people I have known as well, family and friends.
Sometimes these paintings involve memories, family stories and true events. Sometimes these paintings are inventions of my imagination, composed of desired memories, tall tales from the family tree or fictitious events. I wouldn't paint them if I didn't mean them.