Art making is about the discovery of techniques and ideas, but wonderfully about self-discovery. Part of the need for me to create art is a desire to validate and examine a sense of self. One of the many functions of the arts is to heighten our senses and to offer a different way of seeing that will enhance a person’s experience with the world around them.
A great value of figure painting is that people are able to relate to the figure like no other subject. In my figure paintings, I experiment with elements such as color, shape, line, light, and paint application to most effectively portray emotions or feelings. The expressive application of paint in my work should be considered part of the subject of the painting and be used to describe the emotive quality of the painting.