About My Art
My work is about tiny slivers of time or things hidden in corners of the universe. By lavishing love on these small and time-bound details, I aim to elevate and honor them.
My paintings are realistic renderings of the material world, but I hope to illuminate the invisible, spiritual world beyond. I am interested in multiple dichotomies: affliction and glory; the sacred and the profane; bondage and freedom; smooth and rough. Some paintings are about the beauty found in beaten or decaying objects. Others are about the pain endured in the pursuit of aesthetic perfection. Beauty, glory, majesty … nothing comes cheaply.
I make medium to large-scale work and use small brushes to achieve the desired level of detail. I work exclusively in oils which allows me time to blend and adjust the fine details. This painstaking process means I complete only about a dozen paintings each year.
Although I sometimes create portraits for the simple pleasure of capturing a face or body in paint, I prefer to include some element of mystery, conflict, or paradox in my paintings. The simple portrait may present the subject’s best look – an image they would be glad to share on social media, or hang in their home. But I experience more excitement when one or more of these other elements is present, yielding an image that expresses something more profound about the world and our lives.
“It is this silent swerving from accuracy by an inch that is the uncanny element in everything.” – G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy