Growing up in Northern California, I spent all my time drawing and painting. Bay Area figurative painting made a major impact on my work, heightening my attraction to surface and materials, as well as the sensuality of objects, and ultimately leading me to paint things that interested me because of their genuineness.
For me, the act of painting is a way of knowing a process, of seeing. I like to think of my paintings as stills in a film, suspended moments, a private glimpse into the human condition. I paint figures as I see myself interacting with objects, almost as if it is a play in progress. I find more soul in the human condition, not from a sentimentalized point of view, but in a daily reality. What I am after are images of man's relationship to his environment and his system of life in a ritualized role.