I paint what I see and what I imagine. Working from photographs that I take throughout my day, I interpret what I encounter - appreciating the mundane, typical, beautiful, unexpected. A gas station, glowing fiery orange in the twilight, spotted on my evening drive. Library patrons typing and reading. Luggage plopped at an airport gate. Hands holding. Commuters on the train - moving, waiting, distant, relating.
I take these moments and, through luscious oil paint, bring them into an energized world of color, texture, and movement. A structured underpainting gives way to layers that are more stylized and emotional. I like to work quickly, blending wet paint into wet paint, pulling it off to reveal colors below. I allow space for the material to speak for itself, giving an element of surprise that contributes to the altered nature of the scenes that I am depicting.
In one way, my composite paintings recount something I have seen, somewhere I have been, and people with whom I have shared a space. At the same time, I hope to capture moments that have a universal relatability - in hopes that viewers will consider their daily surroundings with a renewed sense of wonder.