“Art is a form of supremely delicate awareness…It is the image that lives in the consciousness, alive with a vision, but unknown.” D.H. Lawrence
I use the figure to explore human emotions and transitional states but mostly to tell a story. To me expressive color and distortion of the figure best represent the fluid state of human growth and emotion and the need to mask what’s going on under the surface. While I frequently draw from life, many of the figures on this site are based on my collection of vintage photos, “Asylum” images from the 19th century and art models.
I focus on the eyes hoping to reveal "the story" behind them. The story is my own narrative which I rarely share with the viewer. The eyes reveal so much about the person and the wall they've created to hide behind during times of stress and the transitions that take place in body and soul. I try to represent what that mask may be hiding through distortion and abstraction. This is my interpretation based on what I see. I create a narrative for each image in an attempt to attach some type of reality to that spirit, my way of conveying meaning. This is "my expressionism".
I work in oils, acrylics, pen and ink, and liquid graphite using a variety of substrates.