Frequently, I search for my subjects at the beach. There I find humanity fascinating. Stripped of everyday clothing and accessories–the indicators of social status and occupation–my subjects are, by choice, casually and frankly revealed. What I paint begins with what I observe that draws my interest. This includes the excesses of American life, which may be reflected by overweight individuals, at leisure or on their phones.
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. 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.
*The United States of America