Many people never experience just how much depth and meaning artwork can truly express.
Visit any museum where you’ll see paintings by some of the greatest artists of all time. You’ll see people stop for a few seconds, take a snapshot and move on. Meanwhile, many of these great works of art took more than a year to complete. I want to create images that you don’t want to look away from, images that compel the viewer to be truly moved and impacted. I want people to experience some of the appreciation and wonder in relationship with my artwork.
To a great extent, that’s why I create images of the human figure. As a traditional artist, the act of bringing a person to life on what was a blank canvas, is one of the most magical, wonderful and difficult things in the world. There are so many aspects to representing the human form in art. The volume, weight, softness, harness, fluidity, structure, anatomy, and emotion of a figure must all be expressed with combinations of dark, light and color. All these things come together as a representation of a living person and what they are doing, feeling and experiencing in their life.
Art has literally ‘opened my eyes and heart’, studying vision on a deep level has revealed aspects of life most people never even notice. I think if understanding art was a much larger part of education we would have a better world. Beauty in art is captivating, uplifting, and inspiring, and it comes in many forms. When we know how to see, we can find beauty in dance, rhythm, flowing water, hair, nature and figures. We can see it in the clouds, water, sand, grass, rivers, woods and natural bodies. It’s a gift to be able to see beauty in the soft and delicate relation between hair and skin, to see beauty in the way light falls into shadow around a form, to notice how otherwise invisible light is revealed by the dust and moisture in air.