“The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes,
and, ironically, the more real.”
I’m a realist. My road to realism took many side journeys through abstract expressionism and abstraction, illustration, and graphic design. It wasn’t until I took a hard look at what I wanted to create that I focused on contemporary realism.
I’m not a photo-realist. My camera’s my sketchbook. I find the compositional dynamic quickly and take one or two shots to preserve the light.
I like objects. Objects worn with a beautiful patina or chipped paint can become a strong emotional metaphor. I don’t intentionally create a narrative but backstories tend to emerge. I set up a still life with objects found at estate sales or flea markets, but most often my pieces are “found compositions.”