From early 2012 to mid-2014, the desire to paint completely left me, and I thought that I was finished as an artist. However, in 2014 I was suddenly, surprisingly struck by the inspiration to paint portraits. I wanted to see as deeply as I could into the faces of people who I am in some way inspired by, and try to capture their essence, both individual and universal, into paint. I was lucky enough to find wonderful friends willing to pose for me. Since then, painting portraits has been continually exciting and amazing for me and has only revealed more depths to explore. I realize now that the depth offered in portraiture is endless, just as the depth in each person is endless. 

 

Unfortunately, photographic images of my paintings don’t capture their realness, and from these photographs of the portraits, some people may think that what I paint is photo-realism. That is not my intention and I actually have no interest in photo-realism. I’m not interested in exactitude, and I agree with Matisse that exactitude is not truth. With my paintings, my intention is to extract the truth in the photograph and bring that forth in the painting, so the painting is more real (not realistic) than the photograph. The problem with photographs of my paintings is that they turn the portraits back into photographs, and the realness is lost. My paintings truly need to be seen in person to be appreciated. 

 

I hope to eventually show the paintings all together. The maturation of the portraits over time has been one of the fascinating aspects for me in this series, so showing them together, chronologically, will be an important part of the exhibit. 

 

I would like to add that I am so thankful to all of my models, as I know it takes real courage to allow oneself to be truly seen. It was a joy and an honor to paint each of you.