When I started working on this show 2 1/2 years ago, there was no way that I could fathom what it would look like. In the beginning, I had about five fish made and about four or five more swimming around in my brain. Having never never attempted an installation of this magnitude, I knew that I had to set goals and come up with an organized plan. The Everist gallery is about the same size as my backyard, except for the ceiling height. It seemed to me that I would need about 100 pieces for a space like this. The staff at the Washington Pavilion put their trust in me, and I knew that I was accountable to them and all of their members and fans. Also, I have personally attended world-class shows in the very same gallery. For me, it's rather flattering, instead of intimidating. I'm confident in my groove and I had planned on giving it my best shot. Finally, it was time to begin the installation. It took about 10 days to hang the show. We tried to keep in mind that we were standing on the bottom of the sea. All of the harsh floodlights from the ceiling were outfitted with colored lenses to help enhance and embellish the light coming from the sculptures. All of these previously undiscovered species are photo phosphorescent and glow in the darkness. Finally, all of the lights were turned down, the fish were turned on, and a sublime environment emerged. Swimming throughout the room, you'll find tranquil coves with one-on-one interaction, as well as entire schools lurking behind a wall. Each species also has a short poem written about it to help you understand his/my personality.
"Take a peek inside my brain where fishing' tales are spun. My psychedelic fish parade has only just begun."