The relationships that define my life are the foundation of my art. I sculpt figures in clay, wax, and bronze as well as paint oil portraits. I strive to develop an image that not only describes the outward appearance but more importantly the inward personality of my subjects.
Through the process of portrait painting I strive to break through Jung’s concept of the “persona,” the mask that we create to face the outside world. My images seek to capture intimacy before social boundaries are erected. They strive to defy traditional and conventional expectations and to be honest, instinctual, and spontaneous. In essence, my art seeks to reveal and connect with a more intimate truth.
I paint the people I feel connected to, the people who are on my mind. My paintings are visual journal entries, attempts to gain awareness by focusing on my connections with and feelings for, these people. As such, they help me refine my emotions, so I gain insight on both the painting and my relationship with the subject.
Whether I am using paint, clay, or altered objects, I try to be honest. Honest with the material I am using; honest with the person I am depicting and finally honest with myself.