The intention of my work is to explore identity and memory. I am drawn to the human figure for all its varied complexity and rich subject matter. As a figurative artist, the context of my paintings cannot be separated from time, place or circumstance. Through the medium of my work I seek to gain a fuller understanding of political and psychological topics as they unfold in a contemporary context. My interest in the circumstances of society blossomed naturally from the dark shadowy challenges that affected me throughout my developing years. We have all experienced, and have been shaped by uncontrollable external and internal events. My work therefore, tries to bring to the surface those hidden realities that shape our lives.
I work best by physically and emotionally embedding myself within a community as a means of gaining an empathic understanding of the individual(s) I am painting. Using a documentarian approach I use my sketchbook and cell phone camera to record the people, places and events of my surroundings. In this way, I am able to capture the political, social, and cultural structures of the world around me. The drawings and photos then become grist for my imagination, giving life to a new body of work. Even though I love the feel, vibrancy and smell of oil paint, I also feel free use whatever medium suits my narrative intent.