I have always been powerfully drawn
to figurative painting and drawing, particularly portraiture.
My body of work includes traditional portraits and figurative
oil paintings as well as expressionistic figure drawings using
oil sticks, charcoal, wax medium, powdered pigments and collage.
I have also created a series of monoprints and etchings of primates,
who fascinate me because of their uncanny humanness.
In the past few years, however, I have
returned to oil portraiture full force and have focused almost
completely on the facethe area that has always been of greatest
interest to me. It was a relief to permit myself to work only
on the face and not feel I had to paint traditional portraits
that include more of the body and background. I recently
created a series of 36 x 36 portraits of individuals
who are between 90 and 100 years old. They are especially fascinating
to paint because their faces reveal so much of their lives. I
love to carefully observe the surface and folds of their skin,
which reminds me of a complex landscape.
My best work is accomplished when I
can achieve an optimal balance between intellect and emotion,
control and letting go. I continually strive to push the limits
of my technical and expressive abilities.