In my figure studies, I attempt to capture the essence of the subject. I enjoy painting different textures, the play of light and shadow as well as the folds and patterns of fabric.
Like the Surrealists, my "Personal Narrative" paintings explore the relationship between reality, dreams, and the subconscious. I attempt to give visual expression to deeply emotional experiences. These images start as small collages that I create using personal photographs and found imagery. Using automatism, these images are combined to create a new "super-reality." Then, I claim the image by painting it larger on canvas. It is my hope that viewers can find meaning in these narratives by projecting their own personal experiences and associations onto the work.
A landscape painting workshop a couple of summers ago inspired me to get out and paint en plein air. I love how it forces me to paint more quickly before the light changes dramatically. When I look back at the painting, I remember the experience of being in that place on that day.