I have been an artist all my life, and only now have had the time to dedicate myself to my work. My self-training began at a young age by copying Sargeant, Renoir, Alma-Tadema and others from library books, and my skills developed through painting murals, trompe l’oeil, and family portraits.

My style of painting is Realism. I’m not ready to let go of my work, no matter the scale, before the person feels real to me. What makes my work less traditional is the pose and the clean backdrop. I only want to capture the person - not extraneous surroundings. I must characterize them completely through one important image, and it's a sublime challenge.

I have always worked with oils, which allows for more time to build the translucency of skin and the depth in the eyes. This is where I capture the feeling that the subject is looking back at me - it's my connection to my work; it’s how I know I have captured the spirit and personality of my subject. Nothing moves me more.