“One of the things I enjoy about making paintings -- specifically about so-called ‘ordinary’ or ‘mundane’ scenes and objects -- is trying to present these things in a way that the viewer might discover beauty, or even poetry, in something normally overlooked.
“I am often attracted to busy, chaotic subject matter and the irony that is present in them. I’m especially drawn to the visual noise found in retail stores, malls, and amusement parks. Often there is so much going on in these commercial environments that it becomes an attack on our senses. This sensory overload seems to cause our minds to block out much of the visual noise, so that what was meant to be an attention grabbing, seductive scene has the opposite effect.
“I believe the act of taking an ordinary object or an every day scene and painting it, framing it, and hanging it on a wall allows that painted thing to sparkle, like a jewel. For me, a successful painting will elevate, transform, maybe even restore the magic that is present in things we are often not even aware we are seeing.
1998-2000 Medical College of Georgia, Master... READ MORE