REAL LIFE: Portraits from the World & Around The Way

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REAL LIFE: Portraits from the World & Around The Way

Amsterdam Avenue @ 136th Street
New York, NY 10031
July 15th, 2016 - September 8th, 2016

24 hours & by appointment


I am inspired by the human experience. Life stories. Trials. Triumphs. Failures, even. The subjects of my portraits are chosen for their stories - their visions, individual accomplishments or, perhaps, unanswered questions about their lives. These are the factors that drive my work. It is generally after discovering something particularly fascinating about a person's life that I am compelled to capture them on canvas. And, while the work is in progress, I feel as though I am granted a tiny window into their souls - a gift I cannot presuppose. I start each portrait not knowing if this tiny window will appear, or how long it will remain open. I end each portrait...simply grateful. Motivated by life's realities, I use painting to communicate more intimate and objective glimpses into the characters of individuals. "Art should bring you closer to understanding something that you didn't before," I believe, and endeavor that my portraits will serve that purpose.

But, whether I am approaching a portrait, an abstract composition, or exploring a different art-form altogether, inspiration is the common thread that fuses the entirety of my projects. My aim, in any medium, is to produce larger-than-life imagery that awakens the senses and engages a commonality deep within each of our souls. It is with an acute awareness that inspiration wanes, expires, and requires a constant stream of reinforcement that I offer these humble morsels of triumph, beauty, courage and enlightenment.


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