My goal is to one day be the best at my craft, to create powerful paintings that have meaning and will be noticed, and to keep passing on time honored techniques to others.
I see a world defined by discrete, fleeting moments in time and place, illuminated by impressionistic washes of luminosity, expressed in forms, colors and expressions that create frames of experience imprinted in memories.
Mostly though it’s all about the colour, I kind of think you can paint whatever you like and it will be successful if you use the right colour in the right place.
Most of my work is about catching a moment. Whether it is a portrait, a character jar or a planter, my goal is to make pieces that have impact.
I get enormous pleasure and satisfaction when I start with a blank white surface and slowly bring to life a painting of a recognizable image from our past or present and then watch my customer’s face when they see their completed painting.
Painting encourages me to pay attention: to each petal, to each face, to every detail and its position in the whole.
I’ve always been intrigued by the challenge of photorealism, and have a long time love of automotive design. So it seemed only natural that I would dive into the chrome bumpers of a ‘57 Chevy.
I look for the wonder behind everyday existence, and try to interpret the symbolism of ordinary things. I hope to create a harmony in which form and content merge to convey a convincing world and a believable narrative.
I usually incorporate some musical item or theme into my major compositions.
I am inspired by each and every moment of life. It is such a gift to be alive and expressing my experience as a human being in art.
I am drawn to the colors around me, especially the play of light and shadow on those colors. I particularly like to focus on the details of everyday objects.
I love to work with the human form. It is the most universal symbol of beauty that stirs and satisfies my mind and heart. Thus the human form is essential to my art work.
My process is raw and emotive. I usually don’t have a plan for my paintings, but sometimes write words on the blank canvas before I begin—thoughts, poems, questions—akin to a type of prayer. The words layer on top of one another and then, the painting unfolds.