My influences are first and foremost in everything I see, feel and experience; the people, places, objects that make me react. I muse as I go. While I use a variety of materials and processes, my methodology is consistent. There may not always be material similarities between the different paintings, but they are linked by recurring formal concerns and through the use of the subject matter. Each body of work determines the materials and the forms of the work.
I find challenges in painting or drawing a portrait. The process goes far beyond merely capturing a faithful likeness. It is not all about establishing the exact truth so much as making the most effective form through which ideas, feelings, perceptions can be communicated to the viewer. The physical process of applying paint creates a unique dynamic energy impossible to replicate through any mechanical process.
As a painter, I have infinite opportunities to edit what I have observed and whether working from life or from a photo, I try to create something that goes far beyond the surface. I use my reference photos as a starting point then I alter them in order to achieve a final state where each element is in harmony with the overall composition because somewhere, there is a story to tell!