My process is at turns deductive, intuitive, and experimental. I work directly from life whenever possible, because it provides the fortuitous aspects of a subject that photographs cannot. Art made from observation is the result of an actual experience, a process of discovery and change. It is a form of contemplation and prayer. The versatility of oil paint allows me to achieve an array of atmospheric and tactile effects, from the opulence of skin to the dry density of stone. The depiction of light is readily achieved through its immediacy and expressive range. With finely ground pigments dispersed in oil, light refracts within each stroke. The medium itself, originally developed to stain glass, is a celebration of the miracle that is light. I constantly seek mastery of my materials, experimenting with new approaches, adjusting and refining my technique.
Mystery is the quality that I value most in my work. When I look out, carefully observing the bumpy surface of an orange, or the delicate gradations of the sky, I am actually looking in. A painting is a humble artifact emerging from an inward astonishment. There is a poetic truth that escapes through the imperfections of the hand-made picture. I do not transcribe reality as much as contemplate it in relation to the language of painting. Each piece goes through a process of distillation. My goal is to create an object both physical and ethereal, of heaven and earth. Painting is a language made of colors, forms, relationships, viscosities and touch, but remains unencumbered by words, mysterious and difficult even to its greatest practitioners.