I am a figurative realist painter depicting interesting people that I observe and photograph in my daily wanderings, preferably but not always, unobserved by them. My latest body of work is of single or mirrored subjects against a plain or patterned background of brilliant color.
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 30-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, at least to me, that hands reveal a person's inner truth.
Portraiture has always been an important part of my art making and I’m delighted to receive commissions that allow me to reach beyond a mere likeness of my subject to bring something deeper to the canvas.
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 my work.