Under the Same Sky in Truth and Love
Before I had formal training I’ve been drawing and sketching. My early drawings were a reflection of material wants that I could obtain by creating it myself, putting it on paper, making it mine. Over time my work has evolved from coveting what I couldn’t have to both seeking and attempting to reveal a greater truth in our existence. The lynchpin of my work is that we’re all in this together under the same sky.
The human form is varied in infinite ways. Through the power of observation, what I create taps into the infinite potential of our forms and faces. Only in fleeting instances do we observe the true nature of others. What I try to do with paintings is remove the masks we all wear for a more studied look at what’s underneath facades. My work asks: what can we share with each other?
I mostly paint portraits and candids of people I’m familiar with who often refer me in turn to their friends and associates. My aim to convert the ordinary to the extraordinary. I don’t always know what I’m looking for when I observe the mannerisms in the subjects I paint but I spend enough time with my subjects to remove any barriers and get at the truth I always seem to find. That truth is what I want to show the world. We all have our own truths and defer to greater truths but sometimes it takes a little nudge to notice. I want my work to be that nudge.
The figures and portraits I paint represent the physical world, and it’s many facets. The sky is hope. Hope for a better way, future, connection, or intention. “The sky is the limit” as the saying goes, thus the possibilities are endless. I want my work to reflect this limitless unity. Despite our differences we all crave the same thing. Truth and love.