I am either lucky or cursed with my overactive imagination, but it seems to serve my artistic life well. I have more ideas of what to paint than time; it’s part of what drives me, the desire to give all my ideas a life. My focus is still life and portraiture, which I execute in oil.
I often paint my still life work with the intention of giving the viewer something to gnaw on. I use vintage objects and employ them in the same way a child would when playing make believe. This approach allows for a lot of freedom in which to explore the unending psychological nuances of the human condition. Witnessing the interpretation of others reveals the complexity of the human mind, which has been formed and molded by their unique life experiences.
The human face has always been especially captivating for me. The complexity of emotions that a face can assume never fails to amaze me. I am enthralled by our ability to read and react to each other whether studying a painting, photograph or living person. I enjoy all the stages of painting a portrait, especially as it nears completion. It is fascinating to see my subject’s uniqueness emerge from the canvas and witness their character revealed through the act of painting.
"I have a monkey on my back whose name is Art. Some days we live in harmony but most days he's greedy, always wanting more of me." llg