Monarch butterflies with woman in poppy field. I love to paint women and animals. Their relationship towards each other creates a profound strength and vulnerability.
When working out a composition, I look for bold contrast between shadow and light, a distinct characteristic or essence from the sitter, and strong design elements.
Setting out the paints, mixing color, and figuring out exactly what I am seeing is very meditative as the work takes on a life of its own.
My subjects become very familiar to me as I deconstruct their physical forms and rebuild them again on 2d canvas. There is something joyful in recreating a moment in time.
Unlike a photograph that freezes its image with the click of a shutter, my paintings capture a liveliness derived from my experience with the sitter.