I absolutely love to paint, the medium is so rich and luscious and the process is so wonderfully mystifying. My paintings develop intuitively as I layer paint often in thick sculptural coats in an effort to convey the spirit, emotion and movement of my characters. While my focus is on figures and portraits I approach the human form as a fascinating exploration of shape and color with less emphasis on likeness then the energy they convey. Many of these portraits are painted from old black and white photos allowing me to create my own imaginative color palette. I enjoy getting to know these unidentified people from the past through the strokes of my paint brush, I often dream up their stories as I paint them.