Why I paint.
I have a need to say something or react to something. I’m fascinated by a face in the crowd, the human form, a provocative attitude, a wind-blown field of tulips, the light of the moon. I believe everything has movement. It’s all going somewhere. I just try to freeze-frame it — capture that moment. I go for the feeling, not the look. Even if it borders on the abstract.
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. Somewhere along the way, the painting takes over. Then I give it a shove in that direction — always with the compulsion for achieving a satisfying balance of color, design and motion.
I can’t help but be influenced by 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.
I try to evoke a feeling in my work. My hope is that you’ll find my paintings arresting and that they’ll touch you somehow.