“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”
My work as an artist is all about creating energy, movement and using color to evoke a particular mood. When I create a new painting, I like to hear the voice of all the magnificent colors in the spectrum. My thinking is that experimenting with the eyes is the same as experimenting with the ears, when it comes to music. The many beautiful colors in these portraits all seem to want a space in the composition. This interplay of the colors is somewhat like a battle on the canvas.
Before I begin to make a portrait, the plan for the piece is entirely in my head. I do not make preliminary sketches or drawings and work directly on the clean white canvas. I begin by laying strokes of oil paint and the wonderful kaleidoscope of colors mixes together revealing unexpected textures and exciting new shapes.
While I am working unconsciously as though on autopilot, the energy and flow of the portrait emerges. When I’m fully engaged in the creative process of painting, there is an incredible moment when the real magic is discovered. The instant this happens I know that the painting will become a thing of amazing splendor. I try to put the viewer into a perspective that he or she will not know with what to associate, what is the beginning, trying to give maximum freedom to the imagination.
When you are looking at my portraits, fresh images will be revealed. As the viewer observes the details and subtle patterns, new surface characteristics will emerge. I have been inspired by the portrait in formal art; including the work of John Singer Sargent and Francis Bacon.
These magnificent new paintings are also influenced by the artists Egon Scheile whose elongated subjects are his trademark; and Willem DeKooning the Abstract Expressionist well-known for his ingenious colorful portrait interpretations.
My portraits inspire me as well; just looking at them makes me very happy and evokes a peaceful feeling in my spirit. My work is all about the sheer delight I feel in the true unity of the gorgeous colors. I don’t memorize these colors, but continue to search the elements of the portrait’s subject and discover new things each time I encounter the work.
I sincerely hope that you will enjoy the experience of interpreting my personal artistic vision for yourself. Each portrait is a window into my soul at that special moment in time.
Every painting has a story, but I want to discover more about what I can do with my abilities and make my journey more intriguing. Every new day offers me the exceptional opportunity to create art that has beauty, magic and wonder.