Talents are in the eye of the beholder. So is beauty. Whether the canvas is an art board or a human being,

I love rendering personal beauty and image.

I’ve been told my portraits capture essence, and that I don’t apply makeup I render a face.

I strive to capture that as well as the hidden biographical nuances by looking intuitively.

Working to produce a lasting personal revelation yet still keeping the photo realistic quality in the image.

Sometimes it’s like opening Pandora’s box.

I choose my image then start the development of the character inside the photo. Whether taken yesterday or centuries ago, the photo becomes the opening for the presence that eventually surfaces.

I love subtle inflexions of tone and texture. I work in oil, watercolor, and other media, but colored pencils are my passion.

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