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People are my preferred motif. I paint people who stimulate me, forceful personalities. I also frequently portray myself. Painting a single portrait of a subject doesn’t satisfy me. Usually I produce an extensive series, examining various nuances in manner and mood. Ultimately I depict emotional states. Those of my subjects as well as my own.
I work from life or from photographs. I direct my subjects when I have a specific gestural geometry in mind. Otherwise I allow them to freely act out their impulses, to disclose a persona of their own choice, whether “true” or affected. My method combines discipline with abandon, finesse with physicality. First, I patiently outline the figure. Then, in a rapid onslaught of slashes and strokes, I let my instincts command my brush. The figure is usually alone and tightly cropped. It is either set against an abstract background or surrounded by plants or animals. These too have distinct personalities. Occasionally I include symbolic accessories.
Some of my paintings are aesthetically pleasing and some provocative. On one extreme are my urban psychological portraits. There’s a certain drama and grotesquerie in these works, a relish for exaggerated poses, twisted limbs and grimaces. They rely on light-dark contrasts, so the hues are somewhat muted. The brushwork is thick, vigorous and expressive. My tropical nudes, on the other extreme, are gentle and graceful with their elongated fingers and necks. They’re painted more sparingly in bright, exuberant color harmonies that radiate joy and warmth. I am not insensitive to beauty, as illusory as it may be.

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