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Most of my works are oil on linen. My interests include the human figure, the painting process, and art historical precedent. I have studied and used traditional techniques in my work for many years, with an interest in how the continuity of methods from earlier periods to the present day supports images that convey the universal rather than the parochial. I prefer depicting common human actions rather than those specific to a particular time or place. I do not work from external sources in the studio; any visual quotation from past art works results from my memory of scrutinizing the works of past masters. My imagery emerges through the painting process. There is a degree of automatism in the initial phases although each series of paintings begins with a particular formal concern. The image is then developed in the subsequent layers of paint.