When I paint I am inspired by
the presence of the model or subject whose influence transforms
my environment into a deeply personal and emotional experience.
The beginning of a painting is finding a person or element of
nature that so inspires me. Sometimes I am moved by the combinations
of form, color, and lighting, yet most of the time it is my connection
to the model that keeps the painting alive for me. Once I have
found my subject and the light falls in a particular way, I know
I have found my inspiration to capture what I see and feel. I
want the painting surface to be full of life. My process continues
with a layering system that includes texture, paint, and collage
to form an underlying structure to work from. These elements
combine to generate the setting for the model or subject matter.
I continue with repetitive layering and painting until I feel
a sense of harmony is present between these physical components
of the piece and the evocative aspects of the subject that I
My painting process is also characterized
by the balance between visual expression of what I see and personal
influences that may be hidden within. I experience this process
as a series of investigations and discoveries. This interaction
between me, the subject, and all of the underlying influences
is important to convey on the canvas so that my whole experience
is shared with the viewer. They can then share in my journey.