The women I paint are not specific people, but more of an extension of my inner self and I view my work as a form of journal keeping. I am intrigued by the dichotomy of strength and fragility, and how the balance between the two can shift at any given time.
I began my academic training in illustration and worked hard to perfect realism but I did not find it satisfying. Instead, I found stripping a picture down and concentrating on mood and emotion much more fulfilling. The lack of any identifying environment keeps the focus solely on the expression.
Recently, I've been drawn to watercolors after painting in oils for the past 10 years. While still focusing on women as my subject, watercolors allow me to create and capture a more spontaneous moment. Watercolors are both challenging and freeing.