About the Artist

 

I am primarily an observational figure painter striving to convey the allure of ordinary people living ordinary moments—the way humans fit into real spaces of light, shape, and color;  and the way they use, appreciate, ignore, or tolerate that space and moment.  After five years spent earning an engineering degree and eighteen years of raising children—fifteen of which were spent painting and teaching art—I went back to school two years ago to search out a fresh path for my art.  I have consistently been devoted to painting figures and portraits, enamored with the narrative, sympathy, and psychological element they can inspire.  However my present work is a series of experiments in simplification, a move away from the tight realism of my past work.  My intention is to create a surprising new visual experience that can still immediately be recognized and appreciated as a human, earthly moment.  My models are usually family members or neighbors.