My interest has always been in the human story. This is my everyday inspiration. There are stories unfolding around me all of the time, whether belonging to me or not, and I wish to document them. My paintings regard the things that have happened to me, the things that I know, and the people that surround and affect me.
Typically my process begins with my concept made into a visual by photography. For instance, the painting House Bound began with scene that I staged and photographed. I knelt on the studio floor to cut and assemble a cardboard model of a house. I made sure it fit my shoulders, tossed it over them, adjusted the lighting, and went to work with the shutter. I was particular with the setting for this one and was excited by what I captured, so I never strayed much from the photograph, although I usually invite more abstract concepts into my works. House Bound tells the story of isolation in my home studio. The use of the cardboard model symbolizes an option to leave. The strength of the cardboard, or lack thereof, resembles my facility to go any place I please, yet I remain home to devote my time to painting. I work in acrylic, typically in thin layers that are covered and reduced in stages in order to build the painting’s surface.