Words from the Artist
My artwork takes a celebratory view of people and their idiosyncrasies. In my work, I take a close look at the small moments that reveal our dreams and wonderful weirdness. The most important decision I make in a painting is subject matter. I almost always use a photo reference, and I’ve amassed a vast collection of snapshots. They range from bizarre to beautiful, and the best ones are both. I aim to transport and inspire, and I find humor to be one of my best tools.
My method of painting is consistent. I paint on wood panels, with acrylic paints. I use an extremely restricted palette of just Hansa Yellow, Naphthol Red, Pthalo Blue, and Titanium White. I always start with an orange undercoat, which you can see peeking through in every piece. I begin every painting with a sketch in a blackish color, and this typically is still showing in the finished work. My color range is dictated by my restricted choice of paints, and I love this, because it gives my entire body of work continuity.
Stylistically, I am most in awe of Edouard Manet’s work. His bold use of black, and graphic compositions are something I strive to emulate. As far as mood inspiration, I can think of none better than Wayne Thiebaud, whose cakes I could admire all day. Lastly, I must acknowledge the California Impressionists, who not only move me with images of my birthplace, but with colors that are rich and subtle at the same time. A true inspiration.
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