I’m passionate about painting, although it has only been an active part of my life for a few years. Even when I’m away from the easel, I’m pretty much painting 24/7 in my mind. It’s a continuous learning process that seems to come in many phases: “painting what you see” (shapes, forms); “painting what you know” (color theory, anatomy); and “understanding what you paint” (interpretation, empathy). Whether with still life or figurative paintings, I’m always seeking to portray the personalities and emotions of the characters, their connections to each other and the scene, and the layers of meaning that emerge in the overall painting. Artistically, I love the indirect painting techniques of the Old Masters. The process of building up the nuanced layers results in beautiful depth, subtleties, and luminosity. Some subjects, however, call for a more playful approach, and I also enjoy the “fast” improvisational expression that comes with premier coup methods. Whatever the language, my voice comes through the use of rich colors, and bold contrasts of light and dark.