The human figure has always been my focus, and over the years it’s become a psychological focus. By incessantly reworking my drawings, little by little, something unknown surfaced. Intimacy and psychological intensity surfaced.
In the end my “Graffiti Series” is a body of work that explores non-objective painting. Each painting is an extension of who I am and what I feel in the moment.
One of my pet hates is when I hear or read about coloured pencils being referred to as pencil crayons. I feel this greatly undervalues them. The way in which I use them is akin to oil painting in that they are used like glazes; each colour shines through the next and gives my work a very three dimensional feel.
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.
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.
Turning what is, initially, a customer’s thoughts into a creative design good enough for them to get tattooed permanently onto their skin is what really makes it worthwhile.
I further expanded the possibilities of the subject by deconstructing segments of crystal so focus is placed on the visual aspects instead of the function. To this end, my work attempts to reconcile the disparate styles of representation and abstraction in a mutual aesthetic coexistence.
My subject matter is hands, particularly those of chefs and others who prepare and serve the things we eat and drink. Cooking is theater and I want to capture the dance.
Feminine subjects have always been a major focus of art. We invited some artist friends to share work that celebrates women.
In addition to exploring the traditional mediums, I also enjoy working in the digital medium where experimentation and happenstance plays a large part of my creative process.
This is a series of works that will be deeply personal for me. I don’t believe I have ever been so transparent. It’s scary and freeing at the same time. But it is a journey that will go back in time and also go forward.
People have revered nature for thousands of years. Continuing this ancient tradition of creating animal and bird artwork is my way of honoring our innate and spiritual connection with the natural world.