I see the painter as analogous to an actor/director bringing the viewer along to new places, memories, dreams, and family histories. I like to give the viewer space to interpret what they see on the canvas. Center stage in my art is the figure - an object in motion, as if the figure is caught, just for an instant; a glimpse, a snapshot before the gesture is complete. I'm not in search of exact representation. I'm intent rather on provoking a sense of tension or intensity. These plus color, bring the emotion to the painting.
Art provides the opportunity to capture and share the spirit and personality of a subject, whether animate or not. I like to isolate what seams common and recreate it in a different light, all the while, creating a source of emotion and cause for reflection from the viewer. In my travels and at home, the flavors of people that I encounter definitely inspire my work. I am also lucky to have the beauty of the Ozarks as subject matter any time I wish!