Art plays a very important part in our lives. It’s something that’s very, very personal in how we can express ourselves. The more personal things that we can develop in our own dealings, in our character, and in our skills, the better. We should all aim to have an appreciation of beauty, and to find that within ourselves and a way to express it. Everybody has something.
I consider myself a multimedia artist, but I now primarily oil paint. I began painting quite seriously in 1985, at which time I was being tutored in the medium, and have been at it ever since. My focus is mainly that of portraiture. I love capturing and painting the essence of a person, instead of just lines and shapes, and focus a lot on depth and character in every piece.
The main inspiration I have is that of beauty. I am very aware of beautiful things, especially people. People are like flowers, with each one so very unique. I focus on the way they present themselves, how we see them and how they see themselves, the way they dress, and the way they move. I try to incorporate those visions into each portrait I paint.
One of my loves of starting a new piece is staring at that blank canvas and realizing what it could potentially become. It’s really exciting to start on something new. It takes me out of myself, to dream up the final image before I even begin the piece. After I’ve started and have been painting for a while, the next hardest part is realizing when to stop. Working any part of the canvas requires the whole canvas to be worked, always adding more as I progress. Right down to the final stroke of the signature, that’s when a painting is complete.