“Figuring It Out” is a collection of paintings that reflects my current process and the clarity I seek in my artwork.
The past seven years have been dedicated to painting with oils. The aim is to become a classically trained figurative painter by using the guidance of instructional books, international ateliers, art show conferences and, as of late, private zoom sessions with accomplished artists.
My father was a professional portrait photographer, and as I spent long stretches of time in his studio rifling through stacks of his portraits, I unconsciously uncovered a deep seeded admiration for portraiture.
Despite the camera’s culpable involvement in growing the irrelevance of portrait painting, my father’s portrait photography strengthened my desire to capture people with paint.
Although contemporary art has drifted from representation, I am nevertheless drawn to classical affective works that portray common scenes and average people. Great artists such as Jules Bastien LePage, Eduard Manet and Edgar Maxence continue to capture my fascination with the ordinary. By employing their honed techniques and sharpening my own, these paintings display a contemporary angle of the common.