Working primarily in oil, I paint subjects with mindful strokes applied with determination and energy. Approaching each subject as a documentarian, I render not only a physical likeness, but manage to convey a sense of being in a specific place and time. Rather than achieving photorealism, my goal is to depict each subject in a way that expresses the essence of who they are. On a technical level, I am fascinated by the interplay of light and shadow, as well as by color. I like to manipulate color slightly to render form, depth, and likeness. Through this method of depiction I seek to find a truth about my subjects that might not be captured by simply copying what I see. Each painting I make is my own vision. For me, the act of painting is a ritual and a passion that extends beyond just creating a nice image.