We live in a broken world, full of distances and rifts between and across cultures. I think life is about relating to others with empathy in spite of these breaks. I paint in oil on broken plaster shards in an attempt to hold this cracking world together.
We can be whole, despite being unable to cover all the real-life breaks. To convey this reality, I paint portraits that mask the actual depth of the plaster by covering the surfaces with illusionistic renderings of individuals.
For my subjects, I choose people whose rich inner life comes across on their faces, because it allows a viewer to delver into the sitter's psychology. If we can actually see each other, we can pursue life compassionately without getting stuck in its rifts.
Working from these principles, my paintings then become about how we heal ourselves in this broken world. The work becomes a guide to investigating our lives and place and, hopefully, the models’ lingering and penetrating gaze will move us away from our complacency.