My work as a whole encompasses
an exploration of the human experience. My interest in the people
around me comes from the idea that we look at people every day,
but we never really stop to SEE them. In every painting I strive
to capture the beauty, variations and complexities of the human
form. The goal of my portrait work is to capture the soul of
the individualnot just their likeness. Im inspired
by the figurative works (to name a few) of Sargent, Fechin, Thayer,
Caravaggio and John Giarrizzo. John, my art professor at Northwest
College, instilled in me a great love of art and an immense desire
to create it. His work and ideas have found their way into mine.
I see my work as a self-portrait in that the subjects of my paintings
are all a part of me, each painting a learning experience and
an exploration of myself as an artist.