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Painting is a blind man’s profession.
He paints not what he sees, but what he feels.
— Picasso

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.