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“If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.” -Edward Hopper- Many people ask why I paint. My answer is best described in the above quote. My passion for creating a piece of artwork is not only thought based but also process based. Painting feeds my soul like no other discipline. Expressing myself with color, texture and spontaneity is pure joy. The process is a familiar ritual that comforts and inspires as I squeeze out luscious oil paint, prepare supports, load my brushes and palette knives with paint, and apply bold strokes of color to my surface. My subjects are those that speak to me personally and can include landscape, still life, and figurative work. It isn’t always the most beautiful things that inspire me, but most often something that grabs me and won’t let go – like a song or quote that keeps playing over and over in my head. Light and shadow are two important elements that tend to get my attention as well as a dynamic composition. My style leans most toward realism with a painterly twist. I have an immense respect for the artists that have come before me, and the lessons they continue to teach.