As a contemporary realist painter I use modern composition aesthetics, but I paint in a classical painting technique. Each of my paintings features an extreme attention to detail, especially with regards to the way light interacts with an object or surface. Painting provides me the opportunity to better understand the relationship of light with varying surfaces, and it helps convey my sense of wonder and intrigue. I recognize the value of craft in my painting and continually work to improve my technique and style.
In my most recent work, I juxtapose objects from my youth with contemporary objects to provide a unique vision or viewpoint.
I depend upon the classical traditions of realism tracing back to the Renaissance masters I am especially inspired by Caravaggio and Vermeer. By adding rich, vibrant colors to this traditional structure, I enhance my paintings’ emotional impact. My interest in color is inspired by the paintings of Claudio Bravo and Scott Fraser.
My passion for painting began when I was very young. I took private lessons in high school and got a BFA in Graphic Design from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Later as an adult, I went to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for painting. I am an active member of Washington, D.C.’s artistic community; my work has been shown at Gallery West, Spectrum Gallery, and Light Street Gallery.