Artist Statement

"If the viewer cannot look into your painting, then it is not a good painting" that is the sentiment my Chinese art teacher professed. It took me a while to understand what he meant. If the viewer just looks at your painting there is no connection created. Only by looking into the painting do you feel the energy, life force and movement from the painting.

In order to create this energy, I forgo the preliminary sketch and under paint, instead I spend the time to study the subject until I am ready to paint directly on the canvas. This freestyle approach is the only way to harmoniously connect the energy and the movement of the brush. With this, a transcendent experience is created between the artist, the artwork, and the viewer.

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