Heavily influenced by the news, places and people around me, I am a keen observer of social issues.  I am especially interested in the human condition and how we adapt to change.  Traveling through different parts of the world has honed my powers of observation and given me insight into different cultures.

My paintings vary among figurative and portrait formats to document contemporary life in an expressive realism style. Although I usually begin with a photograph, it is merely a starting point for an idea or composition. Each piece rapidly takes on a life of its own.  Through the painting process, I seek a narrative richness, psychological nuance and ambiguity, pushing the boundaries beyond traditional portraiture.

The intimacy and humanism of studies of ordinary people by Goya and Rembrandt inspire me. In my own work, I often paint isolated figures with a haunting gaze, suggesting the current of anxiety that exists in today's world.

My moody and mysterious portraits evince strength, vulnerability and emotion while questioning popular ideas about gender, race and beauty. There is often a sense of loss and renewal.