One common thread ties together the artists that have most influenced my painting, the love of the human figure. My fascination with the figure started with these artists, but is slowly growing into a vision of my own. I try to look, not only at the figure, but also the way people interact with each other and the world around them. I strive to be a witness to the emotions, the tragedies, the struggles and triumphs of mundane and exceptional existence. The way people shout, just by living, that they are here, and by existing they, at least a moment, leave a mark. I, as a painter, try to find these moments and capture my impressions of them.