The range of dynamics possible within a single brushstroke attracts me to the medium of oil paint. Stylistically, I've drawn inspiration from painters who were able to control and direct that range to translate through paint what is plainly real.
More than just a visual record, the best portrait paintings stand alone as true works of art. Particularly in portraiture, the identity of the subject doesn't just serve the artistic goal but becomes it, drawing our focus to an individual life. In creating portraits I hope to remain aware of such aesthetics without in any way neglecting the importance of craftsmanship.