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Artist Statement

I am a contemporary realist oil painter with a particular fondness for presenting my work in large scale presentation.

I also offer work in life scale presentation, which presents its own set of challenges and rewards. Painting has become an intense passion, second only to my family. If I'm not with them, I'm with my paint brush.


The painting process is a mystery that never fails to inspire and challenge me. I choose the subjects I do to connect with people. I want a reaction, and I hope my paintings lead the viewer to see the object in an entirely different way.  Scumbling, chiaroscuro, temperature shifts, intense color, and dramatic sizing are some of the methods I employ to draw my audience in. I am particularly drawn to iconic imagery from American Life. I find everyday objects we take for granted to be rich in character, history and beauty if we just take the time to look at them.

 These images may be of a lone object: a rotary telephone, a gum ball machine, 

a car or a beat up baseball. I want to captivate the viewer through the outer shell of technique. Once I get the viewer’s attention, I want to activate thought and discussion about my subject, the cultural relevance to be recognized, and the feeling emulated to be contagious.