Why I paint.
I believe art should be striking. So I go for the feeling, even if it borders on the abstract. My hope is to inspire or provoke an emotional reaction with my work — a new way of seeing something. Everything has movement. It’s all going somewhere. I just try to freeze-frame it — capture the the flow, muscularity and inner beauty of the subject matter.
I start out with an idea in mind hoping to create a simple statement — striving to reduce what I see to the bare essentials. Each brush stroke is like taking a risk, a chance to get lucky. I use oil paint in over-lapping, thin layers to accentuate brush strokes that push and smear motion across the canvas. Somewhere along the way, the painting takes over. Then I give it a shove in that direction.
I can’t help but be influenced by painters like Willem and Elaine de Kooning. They both inspire me to compose with a purpose. To just put it down without much calculating. Get it out.
My hope is that you’ll find my paintings arresting and that they’ll touch you somehow.