The interplay of light and shadow excites me to make a painting. I strive to capture the moments when the interaction of these elements makes the places and things I encounter in everyday life especially interesting or beautiful. My works feature architecture with landscape, cityscapes, interiors and still life, but light and shadow, more than specific objects in my paintings, are my true subject. I often paint local places, but any location or object is fair game if the light and shadows are strong.
I work primarily in oils because I love the vibrancy, malleability and durability of this medium. I vary my results by working on a variety of surfaces including wood and hardboard panels, linen, canvas and metals such as copper, zinc and aluminum. My process involves direct painting done in multiple sessions. I'm inspired by the looseness and freshness achieved in the first pass, but then return to find all the opportunities to develop and enhance the painting until I don't find more. Over time I refine the depth and nuances of the shadows with transparency, strengthen the brightness of the light areas with opaques, and enhance the overall paint quality by building up the layers and textures of the surface.