Approach and Process

These are not paintings of a photograph; instead, I draw from numerous photographic references and layered projections, and the composition builds gradually and perceptually. While painting I focus on the material quality of paint while often subtracting excess information. These areas develop in the same way as my conversation with the subjects in them: there is a central thought that guides the idea, the setting, and the pose. I develop other sections by painting symbolic objects as I remember them. These areas reflect moments when editing-out is not necessary, when the subjects present themselves spontaneously and without artifice, when the idea and the image evolve unplanned. And in other areas still, I use light to fragment forms and deconstruct spaces, reordering their appearance and adding personal meaning.