I’ve loved oil paints ever since I was a kid–the rich colors, the smell of turpentine, the infinite flexibility of the medium–and people of all types and ages are my favorite subject. For convenience, I work mostly from my own photographs; live sitters are a rarity, plus fleeting expressions are easier to hold onto in a photo. I sketch in paint directly on the canvas, and my style is what is called painterly realism. Composition is the most important, followed by color and draftsmanship. A painting should be fresh and beautiful for its brushwork, interesting both close up and from a distance.
We’ve all seen pictures that give us “The Feeling,” and that’s my goal, to catch life on the canvas.