The situation we as
humans find ourselves in stems from the
duality of our ever changing and evolving
nature. By existing in a constant state of
flux we are bound to have episodes of
our past more animalistic inclination--our "evil"
doppelgangers that have a hard time focusing
on the greater good or higher intellectual
As a human being I choose to participate in
the practice of art. I define art as the
expression of all personal life experiences
and a purposeful voice for one's time and
culture. For myself, this includes digesting
that information and projecting some kind of
narrative that helps make sense of it.
I am most interested in asking questions and
inspiring a dialogue relating to who we are
and what defines our impact on each other and
our surrounding planet. I tend to focus on the
darker aspects of life--the things that cause
the most complexity and problematic behavior.
a practicing artist, I've fallen prey to
painting--it's infinite challenge infatuates
me. Painting is a
way to bring precedence and singularity to an
image through the ritual of mark making. It is
the hand-made property of the medium that
reveals its forethought and deliberation.
Part of my process involves the
creation of narrative or allegorical scenes that
embrace the complexity of humanity and its
reach. These works are based in a surrogate realism;
this means the
source material is broken down and elements are
changed based on concept and design. The setting
for the work compliments or sets up a duality
between the events of the foreground and the
space of the background.
a model, it is important to capture the
essence of their likeness in order to bring
authenticity to the subject matter.
Often models will play a role and portray a
feeling or state of mind that they are
familiar with much like an actor/actress.
They are not given too much direction so as to
allow for improvisation and expressed interpretation. This gives room for a
collaborative effort. Sometimes the models are
interacting with various objects which are
usually familiar commodities or appliances
used poetically as symbols and extensions of
the body. I choose objects that are
timeless or represent our contemporary world.
The research for my work comes
from a multitude of places, experiences and
interest. I regularly keep an on going library
of images scenarios and incomplete narratives. Then typically I will piece some of these ideas
together into a “complete narrative”.
As far as techniques are
concerned, I have adopted various painting
influences from Baroque to Pre-Raphaelite to
numerous twentieth century painters. Although I generally paint
from a combination of photographic source and
life painting, I do not project or graph. I work
with the concern for under painting, alla prima,
color, descriptive painterly application and
over-glazing. These five concerns of painting
are heavily conceptualized through composition and theme.