My most recent work, the Story series, aims to construct loose, alusive narratives, illuminated both by the titles depicted and the key provided by the objects placed on top of each stack.
As a realist painter I deal in contradiction. I produce images that seem to portray a window onto the world, a seemingly real environment that one might inhabit and navigate. In truth, of course, this is an illusion- a trick played in pigment and oil on a flat surface.
The scenes depicted are completely synthetic, with details drawn from multiple sources and vantage points, rather than a single place that one might actually visit. These disparate elements are woven together in a fashion that is convincing enough to suspend disbelief for the viewer. In this way a painting can become more than mere reportage- it can allude to something larger and become greater than just the sum of its parts.