For me, art is painting a moment, a universal human experience and an emotional dialogue that transcends culture, religion and time itself.
The art I create is very much in line with my values. I’m not out to create something trendy or witty. I’m want to communicate something honest, something permanent, something eternal – art that celebrates the two most important values in life – beauty and love. I would never cheapen what I do by adding some silly, modernist spin on the classical nature of my paintings. I bring my heart and soul into these old stories and myths and give these characters depth, love, and passion. That is what makes me unique, not the stories, but the connection I have with the characters and how I understand their need to express themselves.
I don’t simply aspire to paint a figure; I want to paint a moment, a human experience, and an emotional dialogue that transcends culture, religion and time itself. I will push my models until I get the precise expression or gesture that best represents that moment. I thrive on being able to tell a story – to visually express the pain or ecstasy of two lovers or the madness of a villain. In the end, anyone, including a complete novice to a seasoned art critic should be able to enjoy the subtle complexities of my work.
All of my oil paintings are on large wood panels I prime and sand to an extra smooth finish for fine detail work. I have recently switched to using high quality AlumaComp panels for all my work and will be painting forty 4ft x 5ft paintings, illustrating Dante’s Inferno over the next two years.
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