I have always been fascinated with the use of color, and the subtlety of light and shadow on those colors. I am intrigued by the reflections and patterns of light on glass in windows and doorways--particularly to see the distortion of objects reflected back to the eye. To paint everyday objects with attention to fine detail, I often set up still lifes in my studio and also use photos to accurately capture the light. While walking in a farmers market or along a city street, my attention might be drawn to something I want to paint. Then I grab my IPhone and take a bunch of photos to work from back in my studio.
Recently I've been working on a series of paintings of restored classic cars. Visiting car shows and taking photos of these beautiful automobiles, I try to capture all the details with my oil paints, especially the reflections that light produces on the chrome and glass surfaces.
I am inspired by the paintings of artists such as Richard Estes--the kind of photo-realistic images that lead the viewer to question whether it is a photograph or a painting.