Alla Prima Portraits from Life
Portraits are painted entirely from life and can take anywhere from a few days to a few months to complete depending on the size of the canvas or panel and the availability of the model. I always work with close friends. I see the painting as a compressed four-dimensional record of the time we spent together and the interactions, conversations, and silences during studio sessions in which we unconsciously influenced each other and responded to those influences as recorded in the brushwork itself. The shifting over time of the model's state of mind and body and the changing energy of my own arm and movement over time are direct results of the process of simply spending time with another person and working together to make a portrait that will last. My portraits aim to show how I saw that person and how my hand and eye interpreted those colors and forms.