Artist Statement

"Since being introduced to oil painting in high school over 30 years ago, I have been painting people. I am inherently drawn to the complexities of our physical and spiritual selves, and engage creatively in capturing that essence through painting. My goal in painting is to depict what is physically there, and then engage the viewer through the composition to connect with the person painted beyond the physical. 
The individuals I paint are in simple clothes and uncomplicated settings: people in situations that one may encounter in every day life. I work with oil paint as a medium as it reflects not just a singular moment, but a moment that is rendered over a period of time. Painting multiple layers allows for a richness of detail and complexity to emerge. When I focus on the person in front of me, rendering the subject matter through paint on canvas, I believe that something deeper emerges. That something deeper is what I want to capture, explore further, and share with others."