Subject matter has always been of paramount importance to me, especially with its tendency to come unexpectedly. Quiet, patient observation will almost always reveal the life of a subject, although frequently, the focus of my initial impression will change through the course of a painting. The paintings’ titles offer clues to the experiences behind an inspiration.

As one of the artists that I most admire, Andrew Wyeth, once said, “Catching the essence of a subject, without turning it into a picture, is the most important thing to me.”