The surrealist themes appealed to my then interest for the science fiction of Ray Bradbury and Issac Asimov and the dreamscape quality of his work allowed you to let the imagination roam.
Dali had himself been greatly influenced by the Spanish master Diego Velasquez and it showed with his ultra-realistic depiction of people and animals who then warped into alternate dimensions or blended their bodies with inanimate objects.
I began to oil paint around the age of 10 and continued to do so until my late teens. This interest competed with my passion for music which eventually won out and it is now my daughter who has honed her art skills to a level beyond my own.
Attempting to emulate Dali’s precision and use of color, which had brilliance and a sheen which perfectly complimented his ethereal themes, gave me a challenge to shoot for; the same type that working on Chopin impromptus did for me on the piano.
Below is one of my favorite of his paintings.