|The Nude in the 21st Century|
I am a painter as well as a sculptor in a naturalistic and realistic style. I enjoy paying close attention to precise detail, and accurately portraying things as they exist in a natural setting.
My inspiration is the character and individuality of my subjects. I work from life, for I feel it's the purest way to see the intricacies of the subject's form, and the only way to interact and be inspired by the subject in front of me. Painting is not only a way of observing the world and getting lost in its beauty, but also it's also an interaction,
I draw artistic inspiration from many artists, especially the Naturalists of the century (Emile Fraint, William Bliss Baker), the late 19th Realists (Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoi), the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, and contemporary artists Bruno Walpoth, Sally Mann, and Nicola Hicks. And I find these artists' quotes particularly apt and inspiring:
"We have to teach our eyes to look at nature, and there are many of us who have never seen it and never will."
"However clever you may be, Nature is your superior; however great your talent, she is greater: and if you only obey her you are sure to not be beside the mark. Great artists are truthful, and it is Nature who has taught them truth."