I am a figurative realist painter depicting interesting people who I observe and photograph in my daily wanderings, preferably but not always, unobserved by them.
I am concurrently working on two bodies of work. One is of single or mirrored figures against a plain or patterned background of brilliant color. The other is my take on the art world---portraits that through my interpretation may be subjected to my sense of humor, good-natured mischief and a bit of snark.
In previous series focusing on small groups of two or three, I illustrate the humorous similarities that invariably evolve out of regular interactions between family members, working partners, friends and lovers.
An ongoing series of Hand Portraits stems from my 31-year career as a Massage Therapist. My hands allow me to “see” my clients in a way that my eyes cannot. I find myself looking at peoples’ hands even before seeing their faces. It seems, to me that the hands reveal a person's inner truth.
My commissioned portraits are somewhat more conventional as it is important to please my client, but the work always has a contemporary edge.
While I am deeply affected by and have very strong opinions about the world's troubles, I consciously use my time making art as a way to create fun and joy in my own life and hopefully, in some small way, in the lives of those who view and collect my work.