I have always been a representational painter drawn to a more painterly approach to painting. I believe the true subject of painting is painting itself i.e. the abstract language of painting. Manet once said, “An artist can express all he needs to with fruit, flowers or even just clouds.” It’s the way a painter interprets the subject using that abstract language that has always interested me as an artist.
In my work, I try to avoid being too graphic or illustrational in depicting the subject. I feel that approach leaves little to indicate the emotional response of the artist to his subject and the result is what Bonnard referred to “as the mere rendering of a motif.” The emotional response to a subject is how the personality of the artist is revealed and thereby the very thing that makes a painting genuine.
The visual language of painting is expansive enough so that every painter has the opportunity to add a page to that language.