I have been always fascinated with the human form, particularly the face. The face is the most important sustenance and icon in our entire lives. We are genetically wired from birth to interact with the human face. The face embodies what we truly are and what we are not. There are so many metaphors and conceptual connections to the face. The patterns of our lives are embodied in the face.
The human body is rich with metaphor as well. For me, it is reflected in nature in a myriad of silent and abstract permutations. I see the body in landscapes, in trees, and in the whimsical characters I am compelled to paint. These figurative but more conceptually abstract renditions of the human form are in separate areas on this website
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Painting the model from direct life observation alla prima in two hours or less:
Ritual of Giving
As a response to a society that is obsessed with what they can get, rather than what they can give to others, I started the RITUAL OF GIVING project in 2003. Initially I used food that I made and shared with others, but in 2005 I started making works of art, particularly portraits that I gave to the subject as a Ritual of Giving.