The paintings are quite striking in person... the colors seem to hover in the pure white space. During the creation process, I'm usually too close to it to have any idea whether or not I like it. But after a few days of viewing a newly completed painting it can be approached as a lover of art rather than the artist.
The Viewing Experience...
Whenever you view a painting you will find yourself being drawn into the image. As you move through the image your eye will pick up subtleties, details and nuances which hold your attention long enough for the image to become real. They are very real. I've seen people at exhibitions spend ten minutes looking at a single image. It's easy to do. The more you look the more you see... the deeper you are drawn in.
These images are deeply influenced by art history. One of the key influences is the Italian baroque sculptor Gian-Lorenzo Bernini. I'm drawn to the power of his gestures and perfection of his line and form. Bernini's work is timeless.
The paintings are influenced by the eighteenth and early nineteenth century French and Italian rococo period. I have taken the essential elements of Rococo design: simplicity, purity of line and form, curvillinear rhythms, and classical subject matter; and presented them in a bold, stylized, and highly accessible manner. These works are primarily influenced by the paintings of French painter Francois Boucher through his use of color and his classical subject matter, and the works of Italian sculptor Antonio Canova. The innocence of his work, the purity of line and form, the idealized beauty and humanity present in his sculptures touch me on a very deep level. His work is alive.
My favorite era of historic painting is the eighteenth century French romantic period. From this era I have taken the humanity, formalized compositions, draftsmanship, classical subject matter and color harmony... and infused them into my style of painting. Finally, anyone who see my paintings will inevitably see the influence of painter and print maker Alphonse Mucha, the inventor of Art Nouveau. His work is extremely stylized, bold and graphic, using only line and color to convey idealized feminine beauty.