"Surrealism collapses the laws of space and time, permits all synchronicities and juxtapositions and nurtures the logic of the dream. The style of surrealism is a visual language that allows me - a southerner by birth who is also trained in the rigors and disciplines of science - to explore and express my obsessions with deep history, fascination with myth and symbol, and inexhaustible curiosity about color and form.

I like to do a lot of different styles, and a big advantage for me is being self-taught, because there are no rules, basically. If I can get just a frame of an image, I can create a picture."

Richard Hagerty lives and paints in Charleston, SC.