I think of myself as an emissary.  I love to observe the interactions of people in public places, and notice my surroundings everywhere I go.  By sitting back and observing, I get to watch the subtle splendor of humanity that can easily be overlooked in this busy and chaotic world.  By studying people, I take on the role of a reporter; documenting both the beautiful and dreadful interactions.  I see compassion, love, and empathy which will invoke an awe-inspiring respect for the human race.  But I also see cruelty, hatred, and brutality which shames the very notion of humankind.  I draw the excited child on the train eagerly looking out the window or the forlorn man whose face shows signs of hardship and despair.  By quickly sketching the people and places as they pass by, I can freeze an important moment in time and capture the fleeting scene portrayed.  These quick sketches then inform my larger, finished paintings. 

Done in a contemporary realistic style, my work seeks to explore humanity in its most vulnerable conditions.  The oil paintings present subjects in high contrast and vivid color in an attempt to call attention from across the room.  Various tools are used such as a palette knife, ink brayer, brush, squeegee and sometimes even my fingers as I vigorously create each piece.  Every brushstroke and glob of paint depicts the overall mood of the painting whether it is nostalgia, anguish, desire, or fear.  The painted figures explore these sentimental aspects of life through apparent facial and gestural expression.    Each piece is created with passion as I empathize with the figures and try to put myself in their situation. This allows me to choose the correct colors and textures in order to accurately convey the overall sense of the composition.  These visual documentaries aim to evoke a similar feeling or memory within the viewer and unite us in our shared experience of emotion in this life. 

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Artist Statement

I think of myself as an emissary.  I love to observe the interactions of people in public places, and notice my surroundings everywhere I go.  By sitting back and observing, I get to watch the subtle splendor of humanity that can easily be overlooked in this busy and chaotic world.  By studying people, I take on the role of a reporter; documenting both the beautiful and dreadful interactions.  I see compassion, love, and empathy which will invoke an awe-inspiring respect for the human race.  But I also see cruelty, hatred, and brutality which shames the very notion of humankind.  I draw the excited child on the train eagerly looking out the window or the forlorn man whose face shows signs of hardship and despair.  By quickly sketching the people and places as they pass by, I can freeze an important moment in time and capture the fleeting scene portrayed.  These quick sketches then inform my larger, finished paintings. 

Done in a contemporary realistic style, my work seeks to explore humanity in its most vulnerable conditions.  The oil paintings present subjects in high contrast and vivid color in an attempt to call attention from across the room.  Various tools are used such as a palette knife, ink brayer, brush, squeegee and sometimes even my fingers as I vigorously create each piece.  Every brushstroke and glob of paint depicts the overall mood of the painting whether it is nostalgia, anguish, desire, or fear.  The painted figures explore these sentimental aspects of life through apparent facial and gestural expression.    Each piece is created with passion as I empathize with the figures and try to put myself in their situation. This allows me to choose the correct colors and textures in order to accurately convey the overall sense of the composition.  These visual documentaries aim to evoke a similar feeling or memory within the viewer and unite us in our shared experience of emotion in this life. 

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