I am inspired to paint, and in particular, I enjoy painting the human figure. By painting the human figure, I explore the construction of identity. It is rendering a sense of the particular individual identity and their presence that has been my preoccupation. To capture those singular moments in a scene, while time stands still and yet passes so quickly, is my bliss. My objective is to capture the surface plains of the objects, the values that fall across these plains and how all the shapes connect and relate to each other. All these variables eventually come together and a likeness appears, but not by that singular goal to capture what the person or scene looks like but by the observation of all the pieces that surround and contain the subject. This intense observation becomes a meditation through concentration that feeds my eyes, brain and soul.