Most of my works are oil on linen. My interests include the human figure, the painting process, and art historical precedent. I use traditional techniques in my work with an interest in cultural continuity. It is my feeling that artistic methods from earlier periods, which have survived to the present day, support 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. My recent series of paintings uses dense figure groups engaged in some sort of vaguely familiar narrative. This use of multi-figured compositions developed from my study of manuscript paintings and relations between text and image in medieval books.
I do not work from external sources; any visual quotation results from my memory of scrutinizing the works of past masters. The mental and physical process of painting drives the work, so there are no preliminary sketches or preconceived ideas. I start a series with a particular formal concern, and the imagery develops through the painting process itself. Each layer of paint contributes to the subsequent layer until the final image emerges.