People are my muse. My contemporary portrait paintings, sourced from photos I take myself, celebrate the ordinary and extraordinary people who capture my imagination. The spark that begins my creative process is what I find humorous in the people I choose as subjects. Once committed, I combine the formal elements that go into creating a work of art with a spiritual connection that breathes life into the people I paint.
My interest in figurative realism began in college majoring in sculpture and then in my profession as a massage therapist sculpting living bodies rather than clay. When I began to paint, hands, the essential tools of massage were my first subjects.
As an older emerging artist I am aware of how drastically the art world has changed over time. My recent series of paintings helps me to deal with the realities of that world by turning my critical eye on the people who inhabit it.