I believe art helps us make sense of the complexity of our world — or at least appreciate its baffling intricacy. Maybe we need art for reassurance or to help interpret the things we don’t understand. I’m not sure. But I am convinced that by surrounding ourselves with beautiful and thought-provoking things, we become more understanding, positive and tolerant.
All of my work tends toward expressionism rather than realism. I love the precision and technique of photography, but mostly I love it as a tool of expression, not as an end in itself. The sweet spot for me is that netherworld between the two. Just as historical fiction can sometimes feel more impactful than the actual events it’s based on, these digital paintings seem more emotionally vivid than photography alone.