Figures & Portraits

The motifs I have chosen to paint are almost always about the human figure. I make feelings and emotions visible through image as metaphor and through the physicality and color of pigment. The process is about pushing an exploration of relationships, both formal and psychological.

This figurative series is based on the Edweard Muybridge motion studies of the late 1800’s. They have become for me a vehicle and metaphor for the expression of emotional states of being. The paintings begin through an impulsive selection that journals my life as well as my observations of others’ experiences. The gesture becomes an important expressive response to these states of being. Layering glazes and building surface then become a meditative process of distilling emotions. Only when color, light and space feel balanced is the painting complete. Through the surface of glazes and varnish, the narrative beneath becomes visible.