My paintings and drawings span the range from miniature to expansive. The petite paintings explore portraiture through abbreviated, awkward compositions. This series is comprised of oil on wood panel paintings that are all smaller than twelve inches. They each feature a section of the human face or body rendered in expressively naturalistic detail. These little pieces say a lot about their subject; they convey surprising amounts of intimacy, character, and experiences despite their size. Their stature draws the viewer in to see intricate brushstrokes, while what is not included leaves a sense of longing.
The act of making art is an exploration. I have always been fascinated by both the human form and paint alike. In the act of painting I find that there are always new challenges and new questions to be answered. There are no narratives in my work, only connections and relationships among the formal elements of the piece and between the viewer and the subject. When you are in my studio looking at my work, they look back at you. My intention is to blur the borders between the sublime and the grotesque, the emotive and the confrontational. I strive to make paintings that challenge the tropes of the figurative canon and convey the complexity of life’s experiences.