I paint emotions. Above all else, the emotional self (rather than the intellectual) is what drives my work. Constantly resolving some degree of internal conflict, while having new problems arise during the act of painting, is fundamental to my artistic process. My idea of portraiture is not about depicting reality, but a crystallisation of our collective feelings.
From the constant stream of faces that float around us each day (strangers on the street, friends and lovers, what I see on TV and magazine covers), I work on isolating certain traits/expressions, removing them from their initial context, and isolating these in an unreal space that is outside of our physical reality.
Through creating a sensory experience on the canvas, I desire for people to connect to my work on a deeper, more emotional level and for the painting to belong to them, as much as it belongs to myself.