I love the craft of drawing and painting. I am in love with it. I am also a competitor. I am open to both the incredible achievements of the old masters as well as the innovations of the modernists. The ideal for me would be to create art that is masterfully crafted; and equally important, also embodies conceptual ideas that cause us to think. I think us 'traditionalists' have much to learn from the 'modernists'. Currently my art is moving in a direction that has to do with what I see that is lacking in the world: 'empathy' and 'equality'. I wish to do so in the most beautiful way possible, because if you create something beautiful; people will pause... become enamored, absorbed, and... may become open to what you have to say. Isn't this what art is supposed to do? Knock you over the head in some way, rock your world, shift the ground underneath your feet... so that you are forever different?!! Many of us have had this experience at some point in our lives; the greatest works of all time do this. I know that I have not achieved this lofty goal, and I may never; but it certainly gives one something to shoot for. It's that elusive moment of having created a masterpiece, a work that touches something deep in you that you cannot quite explain... and you know it when you see it. If you are lucky, you might make a few of these in your lifetime. And you never know when it's going to happen, so hopefully you are prepared and present for when that moment arrives. It's a high, like no other.
Your thoughts and mind should be forever expanding outward, not collapsing inward to an ever narrowing view.
Portrait Painting is the pursuit of mastery of the language that our eyes and brain use in reproducing the visual world around us. With the human head as our subject our proportional skills are put to the ultimate test, if something is 'off' we notice it more with the human face as compared to still life or figure or landscape painting. Also an understanding of the anatomy of the human head helps to give a more convincing authenticity that the image is composed of bone, ligament, muscle, and skin etc. which aids in the communication of the human condition. In addition to reproduction, the goal of mastery of technique is to be able to tap into the emotional and psychological range of the human experience, in which there are many clues in the human face and it is the artists job to mine the depths of both in himself/herself and also within the model in order to create a work that communicates something truly felt in the human realist tradition.