With my style being ‘contemporary realism’, some folks have thought that my art was a photograph until a close examination shows the brush strokes. I even use a magnifying glass to work on the mouth and eyes of all my subjects and some noses.
I try to approach each painting with an idea or concept even if its just a colour. I look at the world with a natural curiosity of a child, always looking for unique qualities that a new medium or subject matter brings. I believe that talent is the ability to take risks, to be willing to try something new and with that in mind, I am willing to try something new, every time I paint or draw. The most exciting works of art for me, are the ones that have a fresh approach and at the same time show the sensitivity of the heart and mind of the viewer.
I do not have any specific steps or tricks. I am always searching and trying new things because I’m far more interested in what I can create today, than what I accomplished yesterday. I paint intuitively—it feels right, it is correct. If it feels wrong, it is wrong. Sometimes I paint loose, free and spontaneously, and sometimes I’m tight with detail not only because it satisfies me, but it also allows the viewer to involve themselves visually and emotionally in the painting.
Technique wise, I am very interested in texture and mood in my paintings. I paint in many mediums including acrylic, ink and watercolour, as well as drawing in graphite or colour. I am experiment continuously with new materials and technology. I believe this is the entry to creativity.
Painting is my key to the soul, my way down the secret part of me, my looking refuge.
Melted crayons on a sunny windowsill are what started it. From the beginning, the process of combining colours is magical. Over the years, that magical process has a way with me, leading me from hobby to art. Painting fills me with a sense of fulfilment and accomplishment and has proven to be a most perfect vehicle for translating inner vision to outer reality.
Though I work quite deliberately, consciously employing both traditional and innovative techniques and materials, my unconscious is the undisputed project manager.
The fluid nature of this work frees my imagination and provides many opportunities for happy accident and grace to influence the finished product.
Inspired and invigorated by a sense of colour and texture, and awed by the mystery of how creation occurs, I am now painting richly textured pieces exploring many surfaces, textures and colours. Once dried, the canvases form a new theme or direction from which I make my next piece.