All art originates in the human mind, in our reactions to the world rather than in the visible world itself, and it is precisely because all art is “conceptual” that all representations are recognizable by their style.”

–E.H. Gombrich, Art and Illusion

Emile Zola defined a work of art as a “corner of nature seen through a temperament.” The artistic temperament Zola was referring to can ostensibly be manifested in a variety ways in a work of art. It can be subdued and inconspicuous, as when one passively records one's visual observation on paper. Alternatively, it can be given free reign, allowing for an active creative process, a process that is based on interaction and interpretation. It is this subtle dialogue between the painter and the subject portrayed that interests me as a painter. Consequently, the creative process for me is an amalgam of a variety of sources, including though not confined to the use of one's memory and inventiveness. Ultimately, this involves constant modification, correction and elimination, which continues until I sense a coherence and balance. As a result, my creative process is distinct for each painting, revealing a unique personal journey.

My current body of work contains both figurative and landscapes scenes. My figurative paintings often include representations of friends and family members. Knowing the subjects on a personal level gives greater strength to my work. This personal connection enables me to go beyond the painting of a anonymous portrait, to reach below the surface, and to ultimately reveal some aspect of the sitter's character or personality in the painting.

With each new project, I try to delve deep into the psyche of my subject in order to depict their true being. The environment plays an important role in the picture. The figure is surrounded not by mere props but by vehicles which carry a mood, or spark a psychological and an emotional response that is reflected in all elements of the painting.

The painting becomes a record of a journey, revealing layer upon layer of my exploration...

My landscapes record a moment in time within an urban scene. Each space has its own unique qualities, whether owing to its architecture, history, or inhabitants. New York city has an abundance of areas to explore. I am fascinated by the character of these places, as well the way in which man and nature become an integral part of their ever changing facade. The gradual alteration of light from dawn till dusk, produce remarkable transformations in the character of streets and buildings. This process that often alters dramatically one's perception of the same space, can result in multiple paintings.

The development of a work of art is what interests me most as an artist. What this entails is not just painting one interpretation of my subject, but expressing reactions towards it at different periods of time. The painting becomes a record of a journey, revealing layer upon layer of my exploration through spontaneous brushwork. The goal with which I approach a new painting changes often dramatically in the course of the work's creation. Thus, at the time the work is completed with the final result often completely different from the one originally intended-one comes to realize that the most beautiful part of the creative journey is not its fickle and fleeting goal, but the journey itself.