Why I paint.
Art is like oxygen. It’s a way to breathe in life’s special moments. A way to connect, inspire and provoke a feeling — a new way of seeing something. 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. 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 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 create an emotional reaction to my work. My hope is that you’ll find my paintings arresting and that they’ll touch you somehow.