Inspiration for my painting comes from the paring of beauty and discourse. When I see sad or awkward things I tend to focus on any beautiful glimpse of color, lighting, or texture. For example, I think there is something stunning about the reflections that ripple along the scales of a dead fish. Similarly, I paint depressing or tenuous situations with vivid, bright, and beautiful colors; often giving my paintings a happy appearance that contrasts with the actual subject matter
My process starts with an abstract idea . I grab my camera and start collecting inspirational images. Then I sketch and shoot models and props for reference. I build and stretch my own canvas and paint on it with thin layers of oil veneers to create a deep and rich feeling within the surface of my finished product.