There is not a core interest for me; I like to paint whatever strikes me as interesting or provocative. From men to farm animals to still lifes to families with children. It's all fodder! I have interest in aesthetics and I have political viewpoints. I have interest in color and an interest in light.
Generally the paintings contain a single subject or subjects, exposed and isolated in the nearly featureless landscape or color field. Mundane objects may be included or excluded for the sake of context or simply composition. One reason for a painting (as opposed to the original photographic image): the painting removes us as viewers a step further away from the experience and character of the individual and towards the universal. I don’t expect the viewer to recognize him/herself in my paintings, except in the broader sense of humanity. Have we given up?
I intend my paintings to visually and emotionally engage the viewer and to perhaps raise questions about who we are and where we are going as Americans.