|The Nude in the 21st Century|
Beauty is truth, truth beauty.
Life is this world is amazing and wonderful, yet fatally flawed. I believe that truly beautiful things allude to this and make you hurt just a tiny bit. This type of honesty in art is important because it helps us cope with the tragedy of our existence and it helps us avoid getting sucked into false ideals. My figurative work attempts to address this by simply being a accurate document of what I see and experience.
The practice of reproducing the nude figure is as old as time, and I'm just as driven to continue the study as anyone - I have regularly drawn and painted nudes for over 20 years, with little purpose other than to explore and study the human form. It's not glory filled or lucrative, nudes are hard for a lot of people to hang in their homes (especially male nudes) but I like catching the gesture, the character, the light, the weight, the color. I believe working from life is essential to capturing the vital essence of the person, and the experience. The painting or drawing is then a document, a time-based work. And despite the fact that it may be awkward when conservative relatives come to visit, I hope to create pieces that people want to live with.