My paintings combine distilled elements of
human life and achievement that I find particularly beautiful or
important - to portray a world in which I hope the viewer would
wish to live. Architecture and romanticism are central themes in
my work, with an emphasis on contemporary subject matter; however,
I use classical, representational techniques. I describe my style
as Romantic Classical Realism.
I consider craftsmanship and classical technique
to be integral components of painting, in addition to theme and
composition. I stretch and prime my own canvasses, and paint with
time-tested, traditional materials and techniques. I believe that
the spontaneity of a great idea is not lost with its careful execution.
As Fred Rogers was fond of saying. . . "When I want to do a
thing, I like to take my time to do it right."
Recently I have been focusing more on the
human figure - using body language, posture and facial expression
to communicate themes without relying solely on background elements
to provide context. Some of these pieces are studies of a particular
texture, color combination or brush technique, while others are
a combination of these to achieve a more specific and thematic purpose.