SR: Do you make things up out of your imagination or do you work from photographs?

DK: I work from photographs, but that is an overly simple explanation to a more complicated process. I am seldom without my camera because I never know when I might see something that I can use in a future painting and, in order to keep things from looking made up, I always start with good clear photos of my central subject. Most paintings begin just this way: A vehicle I've photographed in a parking lot is placed into a scene using background photos I've shot in other locations. To make sure my ideas will work, I usually do very loose preliminary pencil sketches on newsprint to be certain that the elements of several photographs can successfully be combined to create a scene and tell a story.

SR: What happens when you have worked out your ideas in charcoal?

DK: Once all the composition decisions have been made, I'm ready to transfer my ideas to my working surface.

SR: What do you "paint" with?

DK: All my paintings are done in pastel.

SR: What exactly is pastel?

DK: If you hold a piece of pastel in your hand, it looks like a stick of chalk, but it's not-chalk is limestone-based and pastel is dry paint pigment held together with a binder in stick or pencil form.

SR: What do you use as your paintings' canvases?

DK: I work on 2,000-grit wet and dry sandpaper mounted to acid-free mat board.

SR: How long does a painting take, and what about "Griff's Place"?

DK: It takes about 150 to 180 hours or three to four weeks to complete a painting this size. The detailed areas are very time consuming, taking approximately one hour per square inch! This painting took much longer.

SR: How does one see your work if not in person?

DK: Anyone can call me or go to my Web site and see my numbered and limited-edition prints. My phone number is (303) 761-4050 and the Web site is www.dav3kurz.com