I work mostly with the image of the human figure. My emphasis is on the male figure and contemporary portraits. These images frequently feature the person or people in some unguarded or relaxed moment. I often choose non-realistic colors to produce a “realistic” representation and often work with the space surrounding the figure to produce a merging figure/space relationship. Some people call my work "expressionistic" and I'd agree with that label.
Figure painting has been a time-honored tradition in art, although, in the current status of the art world of installations, video art, and abstract work, it is rarely seen. And, while the male figure was for a long time a mainstay of classical art, in more recent days focus shifted to the female figure. I am attempting to even the score in some small way with my work. There is no shame in viewing the naked human body, male or female.
In my portrait work, I will paint men, women, children and even pets too. Although if it's a painting of just your pet that interests you, there are artists who specialize in that. The human person is my main interest.
In my work life, I'm also a licensed massage therapist. I have a BFA in figure drawing and a BA in Art History from the State University of New York at Buffalo. I worked in advertising design and writing for 25 years and as a Licensed Massage Therapist for the last 23 years. During the past ten years, I have returned to painting and drawing after many years of intermittent work. I am available for commissioned work.