Artist's Statement

Pay attention to the faces in the crowd - each one is unique.

At nine years old, in my parents' business establishment, I made drawings of customers who came and went and longed to know their stories.

Decades later people are still my subject though my style has matured to imagist/expressionism. My work confronts the viewer, and he or she cannot pass by without truly seeing fellow wayfarers. We age, and the way we have lived our lives masks our faces. I try to catch my subjects when I can look behind the mask.

There is something intrinsically humorous in being human, and my paintings turn on that whimsy. Finding that moment is my greatest pleasure.

My art heroes are many: Goya, Lautrec, Van Gogh, Munch, Beckmann, Kollwitz, Porter, and Neel.