People are my muse. My paintings celebrate ordinary and extraordinary people of all shapes, sizes and colors who capture my imagination. Very often they are just folks living their lives who happen to pass through my visual field and get caught, preferably unbeknownst to them, in the lens of my iPhone and potentially/eventually onto my canvas.
I have always worked figuratively starting in college as a sculptor and then in my profession as a massage therapist sculpting living bodies rather than clay. The evolution from one to the other was cathartic and gave me a deep respect for what I could do with my hands. When I began to paint, it felt important to honor my hands and those of others with a series of Massage and Hand portraits.
I combine the formal elements that go into creating a work of art with a spiritual connection that somehow breathes life into the people I paint. Aspects of my personality--humor, snark, empathy, com(passion) and heart are what make each piece uniquely mine.
I’ve long been inspired by the portraits of Don Bachardy, David Hockney, Barkley Hendricks and Alice Neel.