I paint on canvas directly in a representational, impressionistic approach. I am very inspired by portraits done by Cecelia Beaux, the idea of a modern day Mary Cassatt as seen in the work of Jenny Saville, and abstract expressionists like Willem de Kooning. I find Kant’s interpretation of aestheticism very intriguing. He explains that objective and subjective aesthetics are not mutually exclusive and should in fact be melded together so that the beauty that may or may not be inherent in an object can be pleasing to the viewer regardless. I believe there is beauty in every form which can be translated to the canvas by showing it as it appears naturally. This pushes me to achieve representational color harmony, proportion, and value relationships via a traditional approach to oil painting. I apprenticed with the figurative painter William Whitaker for two years and learned a good deal about the sensitivity and beauty of value, edge and line and have since furthered my studies at the Art Students League of New York and Grand Central Academy of Art. My love of mastering the technical side of representational painting has been further enhanced by these institutions. My experience working for Jeff Koons the last two years and regularly attending gallery openings and museums while living in NYC has made me want to learn to make this traditional form of art more relevant in today’s contemporary art world.
These paintings depict women in cold, planned out environments and illustrate how different social institutions dictate our behaviors. They show idealized perfection and reference stale commissioned portraiture as well as the “ideal woman” from illustration of the 1950’s.