Art Statement

My artistic energy drives me to capture the people of my time. I am fascinated with the way our daily activities establish identity in a specific way; this action is so persistent that our individuality fades and we become archetypes. Through my detailed paintings which intermingle areas of oil paint, charcoal and crayons, I question the history and standards of portraiture, isolating my subject from their environment and playing the expression of identity against the loss of individuality. I seek to establish a relationship between the subject and their place in contemporary society. Including hints of the subject’s environment I imply that they are shaped and perhaps defined by their activities and place in society. My ultimate interest is in the unnoticeable, yet irreplaceable, people in my community.