My paintings evolve slowly, contemplatively. When I am painting a portrait from life, the subject and situation which are most compelling to me, I like to work in near silence. I like my model to almost forget I am there. Inevitably, during the course of the sittings, as the model drifts in thought, he or she experiences emotions both deeply felt and lighthearted. I respond to the body’s subtle expression of those emotions.
This requires very careful and sustained observation. Fidelity to my subject’s particular qualities is a blissful practice for me. Of course, I see through the filter of my own temperament.
I always work in natural light. The most exquisite expression of light I have seen is in the radiance of flesh. The timeless and fleeting human subject as seen in the eternal and ever changing light.